Thursday, 19th June, 2014

England and Everton playmaker Ross Barkley has revealed that his team will go into the World Cup match against Uruguay with confidence.

The 2-1 loss against Italy has put the 1966 world champions under pressure, with a win necessary today to keep their Round of 16 hopes on track.

However, the young England international doesn't believe that there is much to be worried about as their performance in the last match was satisfactory.

“We didn’t get rattled by the Italy result because we played some good football," Barkley told the FA's official site.


"All the players are confident going into the Uruguay game because we need to prove that we can perform on this big stage."

Like the first match, manager Roy Hodgson is expected to put faith in youth for the Uruguay match, and the 20-year-old feels that it is good thing to see.

“The gaffer has shown that it doesn’t matter if we’re 18, 20, 30, he’ll put you on because he believes in you.

"He said to me he doesn’t care how old I am, and it’s good to see.”

The Three Lions play their last group stage match against Costa Rica on 24th June.

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