ROSS BARKLEY has urged Leighton Baines to turn down a move to Manchester United.
The Everton teenager wants Baines to stay at Goodison Park next and resist the temptation to follow David Moyes to Old Trafford.
United lodged a £12m bid for the England defender last week but Everton are not prepared to sell the 28-year-old.
Barkley, who has been representing England at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, says Baines is a player he looks up to and hopes to be able to keep learning from at Goodison Park.
“I’ve been following what is happening at Everton and I desperately want Leighton to stay,” he said.
“He’s someone I look up to, a role model in how he conducts himself and the strides he has made in his career.”
England crashed out of the tournament at the weekend when they lost 2-0 to Egypt.
Needing a victory to advance from the group stage after starting their campaign with successive draws, England failed to make their superiority count and were struggling once Egypt went in front 11 minutes from time.
Barkley had been denied before the break with England also hitting the bar but Hassan Ahmed’s stoppage-time effort piled further humiliation on England as they finished bottom of Group E.
Manager Peter Taylor acknowledged the display was the worst of his reign.
“I thought we would win tonight, to be honest, because I thought we were improving as a team,” he said.
“Unfortunately, it was our worst performance since we’ve been here, but I don’t think I’ve seen a team create as many chances and lost a game 2-0 and that’s why it’s frustrating.”
He continued: “If you don’t play as well as you can and you don’t take chances, you get punished, and that’s what happened tonight.
“Egypt showed good character to win the match.”