CAIRO: Egypt assistant coach Shawki Gharib blamed the 3-1 friendly defeat against England on fitness problems.
The African champions went one up at Wembley but collapsed after the restart, allowing the hosts to seal the victory.
We ran a lot in the first-half and were able to snatch the opener, Gharib told a news conference after the game.
Physically, we couldn t keep up with England in the second-half.
Left-back Sayed Moawad kept Theo Walcott at bay in the first-half but the Ahly man, who has just returned from injury, couldn t tame substitute Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Wright-Phillips scored once and created two goals for fellow substitute Peter Crouch to lead England s revival.
England s substitutions made the difference tonight, and our defensive mistakes helped the opponents take control, Gharib added.