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Baines: England more chilled out under Hodgson

Leighton Baines believes Roy Hodgson's relaxed managerial approach will bring the best out of England, reports BBC Sport. Everton defender Baines is set for his first start in a competitive international because of Ashley Cole's ankle problem.

"He's definitely relaxed us all and there's been a shift in people's mentality," the 27 year old told BBC Radio 5 live.

"When you're around the place you are definitely more relaxed and enjoy each other's company a bit more.

"It was maybe a bit stiffer before that, for whatever reason. Roy's definitely come in and had a positive influence in that manner."

Baines also says he thinks it is easier for Hodgson to communicate his ideas than it was for his Italian predecessor, Fabio Capello

Baines added: "The main one is that he's an English manager and it's a lot easier for him to get his points across to the players and deliver the messages that he wants.

"Now he's had some more time with the squad as well, it's given us more of a chance to implement those ideas on the training pitch and hopefully we'll see that out on the pitch in games as well."

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