Everton defender Leighton Baines will not get anxious over sitting on the sidelines with England at Euro 2012, the
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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