EXCLUSIVE: How Everton's Leighton Baines earned his seat at the top table

13 March 2010 01:28
Amid the usual clatter of cutlery and buzz of conversation in the England dining room, wide-eyed newcomer Leighton Baines was listening rather than talking.

For a while he was, anyway. Suddenly he was doing neither, as even seasoned England regulars like John Terry and Steven Gerrard adopted a respectful silence. Fabio Capello had entered the room.

Baines smiles at the memory of his introduction to the Capello effect, before last week's Wembley win over Egypt. He now understands why Wayne Rooney, raised on the mean streets of Croxteth, admits the England coach scares the living daylights out of him.

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'It showed the respect he commands from all the players,' said Everton's in-form left back.

'He walks in and the room goes quiet. It's difficult to explain, but he has that presence. He's not one for wasting words, but he doesn't have to say much. There is a real aura about him that makes everyone sit up and take notice.

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