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Baines deserves England spot on merit

Leighton Baines is expected to remain as England's left-back for the upcoming internationals.

England face San Marino at Wembley on Friday and then travel to Warsaw to face Poland on Tuesday night.

Chelsea's Ashley Cole is expected to report for England duty this week, but he's doing his best to talk himself out of an opportunity to win his 100th cap for England.

Not just content with calling the Football Association a 'bunch of tw**s' following the recent John Terry racism case, he's since lashed out at former England captain Alan Shearer who spoke on Match Of The Day and gave his personal view that Cole should be suspended.

Cole retorted 'I want his opinion on bans for kicking Neil Lennon in the head. #GlassHouses.' a comment clearly aimed at an incident that took place 14 years ago, where Shearer was found not guilty.

But while all the talk is of punishing Cole by dropping him for England, recent performances enough should see Ashley Cole dropped in favour of Leighton Baines on form alone!

Obviously we're biased here, but its not just us Evertonians who are thinking among similar lines.

'Without a doubt, he's the best left-back in the league, He`s up and down all game, he provides great quality in an attacking sense and gets back and provides cover for his defenders.

"He`s the one player in their team you would target, When the left-back is their most attacking player, that shows you he must be doing something right.'
Wigan Athletic captain Gary Caldwell told the Mirror.

He added: "He`s also in the England team. He played the last game when Ashley Cole was out and he`s pushing for that place again."

Everton gaffer David Moyes described Baines's performance against Wigan as extraordinary: 'Leighton Baines was at the heart of everything we did, I thought he was extraordinary.'

So will he continue to hold on to that England shirt come Friday?

The man himself said "I`ve been in and around squads for a while and started the last few games as well, which helps. I feel comfortable in the squad. Hopefully I can keep playing well for Everton and keep getting called up."

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Writer: Yak Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 8 2012

Time: 12:07PM

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Looking at the stats of this season, he should be the starting LB for England. The start to his season has been incredible, going forward, I struggle to find a better LB than him right now, currently leads the league in creating the most chances for teammates with 30+ chances created already, and defensively, for me, he has improved this season, his tackle % is perfect. Amazing how the media haven't been talking about his performances, when you take into account the media are drooling over Carzola and Hazard, and yet, Leighton Baines, a left back, has created more chances then both of them.
Rob-EFC
Looking at the stats of this season, he should be the starting LB for England. The start to his season has been incredible, going forward, I struggle to find a better LB than him right now, currently leads the league in creating the most chances for teammates with 30+ chances created already, and defensively, for me, he has improved this season, his tackle % is perfect. Amazing how the media haven't been talking about his performances, when you take into account the media are drooling over Carzola and Hazard, and yet, Leighton Baines, a left back, has created more chances then both of them.
Rob-EFC
Those stats extend to all the European leagues and further as far as i am aware Rob. The media will have to take note now because he is that bloody good ! He has a thing in common with a lot of exceptionally gifted players i have seen over the years and that is Modesty. An example of this is when somebody praises him he'll have none of it and give the credit to his team-mates. Ashley Cole is undoubtedly a world class full back but i reckon Bainsey just about shades him now.
evertonmandan
Those stats extend to all the European leagues and further as far as i am aware Rob. The media will have to take note now because he is that bloody good ! He has a thing in common with a lot of exceptionally gifted players i have seen over the years and that is Modesty. An example of this is when somebody praises him he'll have none of it and give the credit to his team-mates. Ashley Cole is undoubtedly a world class full back but i reckon Bainsey just about shades him now.
evertonmandan
 

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