Baines willing to be patient with England at Euro 2012

Everton defender Leighton Baines will not get anxious over sitting on the sidelines with England at Euro 2012, the Liverpool Echo has reported, as the left-back has admitted he knows he has to be patient and earn his place in the national team.

Standing in Baines’ way for the left-back spot is Chelsea’s Ashley Cole, the most-capped member of Roy Hodgson’s travelling party. The 31-year-old has appeared for his country 93 times, twice more than captain Steven Gerrard, and despite Baines’ highly-praised club form – the defender was named ahead of Cole in the PFA Team of the Year last season – he has acknowledged Cole will be difficult to dislodge at international level, and will instead concentrate on being ready to play if he is called upon.

Baines said: “Ashley is a top player so I will just bide my time and keep myself as focused as I can. It’s about physically and mentally keeping yourself as fresh as possible.” Baines did start in England’s first pre-Euro 2012 friendly, the 1-0 win over Norway which was also Hodgson’s first match in charge, but did not make it onto the pitch in the most recent match against Belgium.

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