Baines has continued his stunning progress this season.
‚ÄúI have always said Ashley Cole is England‚Äôs No 1 left back but Leighton Baines is getting very close,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs kept pushing and he‚Äôs improving all the time. He‚Äôs a terrific player.
"He‚Äôs as close to Cole as he‚Äôs ever been. I don‚Äôt watch enough of Cole to be able to judge how he is playing but his form for England has been exceptional. Cole was head and shoulders above everyone at one point.‚ÄĚ