Baines desperate for World Cup shot
Published : 13 Oct 2013 19:16:54Rss feed
Leighton Baines is desperate to avoid missing out on another World Cup with England.
Baines made a late surge into the England squad prior to the 2010 World Cup but despite starting the warm-up games against Egypt and Mexico, Fabio Capello cut the defender loose, omitting him from his 23-man party for South Africa.
Baines had said in the run-up to the World Cup that he was homesick, although the 28-year-old has always maintained he would have been more than happy to represent his country at the tournament.
He will have a second chance to play for England at a World Cup next summer providing that Roy Hodgson's men finish the job on Tuesday night by beating Poland at Wembley.
If England fail to win they will be condemned to a tricky playoff and Baines feels there is no bigger motivation for the team to get the victory they need.
"Qualifying for a World Cup is as big a carrot as you could probably dangle in front of any player," the Everton left-back said.
"World Cups don't come around too often in a player's career. Everyone is hungry for that opportunity to get there and we are one game away from there.
"We know what job needs to be done and hopefully we will do it.
"The magnitude of the game is something we are all aware of. On Friday we had to make sure it was in our own hands and we have to go and finish the job now."
Baines was one of the star performers on Friday night as England demolished Montenegro 4-1 to remain top of Group H.
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