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

02 March 2010 07:28
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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.

The Blues left-back is set to make his international debut in tomorrow night's friendly with Egypt at Wembley.

Ashley Cole's broken ankle and Wayne Bridge's enforced exile mean Baines has a golden opportunity to impress manager Fabio Capello.

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.

'Leighton is a very level headed lad who keeps his feet on the ground,' Neville said.

'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.

'He has a good chance of starting and hopefully staking a claim for the World Cup.

'He has all the attributes. He's quick, technically good, gets crosses in, knows how to defend and he won't let anyone down.

'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.

'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