Everton fullback Baines: Chelsea's Cole remains England best
"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," Baines said in The Sun.
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."