Ross Barkley believes Chile will offer England U20s their toughest game yet
Chile v England
FIFA U20 World Cup
4pm (BST), Wednesday 26 June 2013
Akdeniz University Stadium, Antalya, Turkey
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Ross Barkley says Sunday’s game against Iraq proved a stark reminder of what World Cup football can be all about.
England U20s were two goals clear and seemingly on the way to winning their first game of the competition.
But two late goals from Iraq spun the game on its head and Peter Taylor’s side had to settle for a draw.
The Three Lions take on Chile in their second group game on Wednesday afternoon and Everton midfielder Barkley told The Daily Express: “We know that the U20s World Cup will be a great learning experience for everyone in the England squad.
“So far it has provided us only with a reminder that whatever level you are playing at, football can kick you in the teeth.
“There was a bit of anger at how we had allowed a two goal lead to slip in the final 15 minutes of a match we should have won and frustration that we hadn’t taken more of our chances before that last period.
“The coach pointed out a few things to us afterwards; about concentrating and doing the basics right.
“But, really, we didn’t need telling. We should be sitting at the top of the group with three points from our first game.
“That we’re not hurts. What is important now is our response when we play Chile.”
The South Americans won their first game against Egypt by 2-1 on Sunday and sit at the top of the table knowing that a result against England will take them through to the second round.
With two games to play in the group, it remains wide open for any of the four nations to progress.
But Barkley believes Chile will offer England their toughest test yet in Antalya.
He explained: “We have another chance now and while people will probably be thinking, ‘If England can’t beat Iraq, what chance have they got?’ we don’t look at it like that.
“When the draw was made, I thought Chile would be our toughest game in the group.
“They won their first match against Egypt 2-1 and will be full of confidence.
“We know what we have to do.”