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Baines backed for England cap
12 Feb 2010 - 10:39:34
Leighton Baines has been backed to win a first England cap before the World Cup by Everton boss David Moyes.
Baines, 25, is yet to make an appearance for the full national side despite being regularly capped at under-21 level.
However, Ashley Cole's fractured ankle - which will sideline the Chelsea and England left-back for three months - could open the international door for the likes of Baines and Manchester City's Wayne Bridge.
Head coach Fabio Capello will use next month's friendly against Egypt at Wembley to try out some potential replacements and Moyes believes the consistent Baines will be at the front of the Italian's thinking.
Speaking after Wednesday's 2-1 win over Chelsea during which Cole was injured, Moyes said: "Leighton Baines has been our most consistent player all season.
"I am sure he is in the thoughts of the England manager.
"I don't think anybody would be surprised if he is in the squad for the Egypt game.
"He has got Ashley Cole, Wayne Bridge and Steven Warnock who he may need to climb over to get there - but he won't let anyone down."