Phil Neville hails Everton's Leighton Baines as England's best left-back

02 March 2010 07:28
Leighton Baines 300[LNB]EVERTON skipper Phil Neville believes Leighton Baines has got what it takes to force his way into the England side for this summer's World Cup in South Africa.[LNB]The Blues left-back is set to make his international debut in tomorrow night's friendly with Egypt at Wembley.[LNB]Ashley Cole's broken ankle and Wayne Bridge's enforced exile mean Baines has a golden opportunity to impress manager Fabio Capello.[LNB]And Neville is confident the 25-year-old, who has excelled for the Blues this season, has all the qualities to be a major hit at the highest level.[LNB]'Leighton is a very level headed lad who keeps his feet on the ground,' Neville said.[LNB]'In the past he was probably just happy to be in the England squad but now there's a quiet determination to go in there and cement his place in the team.[LNB]'He has a good chance of starting and hopefully staking a claim for the World Cup.[LNB]'He has all the attributes. He's quick, technically good, gets crosses in, knows how to defend and he won't let anyone down.[LNB]'There is always someone who comes up late on the rails and does well in a World Cup and what a fantastic end to the season it could be for Leighton.[LNB]'He has good experience at international level with the under-21s and that will stand him in good stead for the game against Egypt.'

Source: Liverpool_Echo