Baines buoyed by build-up

Leighton Baines believes England’s World Cup preparations have cultivated a club-like spirit in the squad.

Last Updated: 13/06/14 at 16:10 Post Comment

Leighton Baines: England left-back ready for World Cup opener

Leighton Baines: England left-back ready for World Cup opener

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Roy Hodgson's side have spent time in the Algarve, Miami and Rio de Janiero to prepare for the tough conditions of Manaus, where they will play Italy in their opening Group D game on Saturday.

England have also played three warm-up matches against Peru, Ecuador and Honduras and left-back Baines reckons they have had the ideal build-up to the tournament.

"I don't think it could have gone much better to be honest," said the Everton star.

"It's been really enjoyable, we've got some really good work in and spent some good time together.

"The preparation in terms of the heat and the opponents has been really good. For the time I've been involved with England, this is as good a group as there's been.

"There's a real good spirit throughout the camp and part of that is probably down to the preparation we've been doing.

"We've been working hard but have obviously been spending a few weeks together that has enabled us to get that kind of club feel to the international set-up."

While the preparations may have been impressive, Baines knows now they have to translate that positive work onto the field against Italy.

"We're looking at Italy and being prepared for what they may have, but we're focusing more on what we can do," he said.

"I think they'll be doing similar things. There will be a lot of players in our squad that they'll be doing their homework on and trying to make sure they've got ideas on how to stop them.

"You know what to expect from a side like Italy, they are one of the top sides in the world, full of good footballers and they've tended to play in a certain style for a number of years, so we are preparing for that.

"We're looking forward to the game. We were talking before about the weather and things like that, but I don't think there's anyone who is really going to get an advantage from the weather. It's going to be more or less the same for both sides."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Transfer news: Darren Fletcher's proposed move to West Ham from Manchester United breaks down

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says negotiations to bring Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher to the club have broken down.

Premier League: Daniel Sturridge scores on return as Liverpool beat West Ham 2-0

Daniel Sturridge scored on his return as Liverpool registered a 2-0 win over West Ham to leapfrog their opponents in the table.

Premier League round-up: Sturridge scores on Liverpool return, Manchester United win

Daniel Sturridge scores on his Liverpool return, Man Utd claim revenge on Leicester, and Tottenham and Sunderland both win.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company