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Cole ready for battle for left back role

Cole ready for battle for left back role

Chelsea's Ashley Cole will be winning his 100th cap for England this evening.

The left back has been given the nod ahead of Everton's Leighton Baines who is now widely thought of as the best left back in the Premier League today, not just by Evertonians, but football pundits across Europe.

Cole of course reaches the milestone in the prestigious friendly against Brazil to mark 150 years of the Football Association.

In a way it's a nice touch to give him the chance to reach the landmark in an important game, but being biased we believe that Baines should be keeping hold of the shirt as he deserves it.

Baines played down the competition for the role when he spoke ahead of the game last week and opted instead to praise upcoming left backs Ryan Bertrand, Kieran Gibbs and Luke Shaw and on the brink of his 100th cap Ashley Cole also spoke well of both Baines and the youngsters coming through for England.

"It is not just about me or Leighton but about the team, If he is playing well and plays in front of me, it is going to benefit the team. Cole told The Express.

He added: "It is not as if I am going to start moaning or saying I should be playing.

"We are a big squad. We are all great players. If there comes a time - and there will - when I am not first-choice left-back, it won`t be a problem."

"I am proud to play for England, From being a little boy from the East End, you would never think you would get a chance to represent your country."


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Writer:Yak
Date:Wednesday February 6 2013
Time: 11:00AM

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Cole has fallen from grace at the same speed as Evra and is a shadow of the worlds best left back he once was. All the same he's still far superior to most LB's out there and is still a reliable LB. Baines should certainly be Englands 1st choice LB, he's severely underrated and is easily up there with the best in the world. If he played for one of the champions league clubs you just know he'd get the recognition he deserves and will undoubtedly be the 1st choice LB. At the moment, his only obstruction to regular 1st team international football is Cole and I suspect come 2014 age and a sever over-reliance would've caught even further up with Cole to the point where he might not even make the squad and Baines will ease his way to the 1st team. Englands future is looking bright, brighter than it ever has before with some of the fantastic potential world beaters coming through.
TheFamousNo7
06/02/2013 15:27:00
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I don't think Cole has regressed as much as Evra but I would start Baines ahead of him, only because it makes more sense long term. Who are these world beaters Famous?
Bluedub
06/02/2013 16:36:00
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I feel Leighton will be the man when we go to Brazil and soon will be able to stake his place as Cole may not have many games left ahead of him.
SFC Forever
06/02/2013 18:38:00
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Like I said at the moment they are only potential world class but in my opinion they're a lot to get excited about and far superior to the average dross we currently have: Wilshere, Chamberlain, Zaha, Sterling, Barkley, Powell, Chalobah, McEachran, Shaw, Carroll. Add this to players who quite haven't achieved their potential but still have time on their side and if not world class they will be very good players: Welbeck, Smalling, Rodwell, Sturridge, Walcott, Gibbs, Walker, Richards as well as the already established players and you've certainly got a good pool of players there and world class players (depending on your definition of world class) with more technical ability than what's currently available.
TheFamousNo7
06/02/2013 19:25:00
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The only one that really strikes me as a special talent out of the lot is Wilshere. Admittedly I haven't seen enough of a couple of the names you've mentioned but I think you're overestimating potential, but we'll see.
Bluedub
06/02/2013 19:36:00
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Depends what you use as a yardstick for special talent I suppose but we will just have to wait and see.
TheFamousNo7
06/02/2013 20:13:00
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