Moyes backs Baines for England

12 February 2010 09:29
Everton manager David Moyes has backed left-back Leighton Baines' claims for a place in England's World Cup squad. The 25-year-old, who twice featured in Fabio Capello's squad last year, could force his way into the reckoning following injury to first-choice Ashley Cole. Cole fractured his ankle playing in Chelsea's defeat at Everton on Wednesday and now faces a race against time to prove his fitness for the tournament in South Africa. Moyes, speaking before Cole's injury, said: "I think the England left-backs will be Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge and then I think it is toss-up between Stephen Warnock and Leighton Baines. "I think Bainesy on his day is a match for any of them and I know Fabio Capello knows about him. He is certainly in and around the reckoning. "He has been a very consistent player for us this season, as he was last year. I think Bainesy is one of the players who has kept a good level of performance even when things weren't going well."

Source: PA