Baines wary of homesickness

Defender admits he would miss home in South Africa

Baines: Suffers from homesickness

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England defender Leighton Baines admits he could suffer from homesickness if he makes Fabio Capello's final cut for the World Cup.

"Everyone wants to be a part of England, to come away and play, but I have always found it really hard, even when I was teenager, being away from home."

Leighton Baines

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Despite his uninspiring display in Monday night's 3-1 win over Mexico at Wembley, the Everton left-back is a top contender to travel to South Africa this summer as understudy to Ashley Cole.

But the Kirkby-born 25-year-old is daunted by the prospect of spending two months away from home.

"Everyone wants to be a part of England, to come away and play, but I have always found it really hard, even when I was a teenager, being away from home," said Baines.

"I have always struggled with it, that's quite tough, but the more time you spend around the lads, the more you begin to feel part of everything.

"They are all good lads, everyone is friendly and gets on with each other. There's no case of feeling out the picture.

"It takes time to settle in fully but the lads make it easier for you. There is a good spirit and that is a real help."

Tough

Baines, who won his debut cap for England against Egypt in March, admits earning his second was a tough experience.

"Did I enjoy the evening? Not really, no. It was hard work but we won," he added.

"It would be a dream come true to make the 23. The majority of places for the other lads are probably cemented but it's far from the case for me and a few others.

"We are still fighting, trying to get there, but I'd have liked to have done better against Mexico."