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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 …


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.

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