Leighton Baines reckons his challenge to dislodge Ashley Cole as England´s first choice left back is made all the more difficult because he is not playing in the Champions League.

Baines: “I wouldn´t have thought I´m on an even keel with Ashley because he´s with a club that´s playing at the very top level,”

Speaking about Hodgson, Baines added: “He´s looking at everyone and giving us all a fair crack.

“But I´m sure playing in the Champions League carries some weight because you are up against the best players in the world.

“So it´s no small task trying to get into the team ahead of Ashley.”

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