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Baines recalls World Cup heartache

Baines recalls World Cup heartache

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The Everton left-back relives the moment when he discovered that he wouldn't be in the England squad for the World Cup in South Africa, and says it's nice to make the cut this time

England left-back Leighton Baines will be travelling to Euro 2012 this summer, but remembers the heartache he suffered two years ago.

Baines had made Fabio Capello's 30-man provisional squad for the 2010 World Cup, but didn't travel to South Africa after being one of the seven players to miss the cut, and has revealed how the Italian let him know about his decision.

"Theo Walcott didn't go either and I think he got exactly the same phone call," Baines told reporters.

"We were both put through to the manager, who said, 'I'm sorry, you won't be coming with us, but I look forward to seeing you for the qualifiers. Thank you and goodbye.' That was it.

"I was a bit of a late runner anyway. Six months before, I was nowhere near, never in the squad and then I made the 30 and had a chance.

"You get your hopes up and then miss out and have the disappointment. This time I've been involved in pretty much all the squads. It was just nice to make the final cut."

The 27-year-old also dismissed rumours circulating that he was homesick during England's pre-tournament training camp in Austria in 2010. Many believed that this was a major factor that resulted in Stephen Warnock being chosen as Ashley Cole's back-up rather than Baines.

"I'd come back from a trip and said I was looking forward to spending the break with my family," Baines explained.

"When you're away they are the people you miss.

"I don't know if it had an impact and never will. I'd like to think I'd have been asked about it, if it was an issue, just to check if it was true."

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