Everton fullback Baines claiming his England goal

Everton fullback Leighton Baines is determined to claim his first goal for England in victory in Moldova.

Remarkably, Baines’ deflected effort was England’s first goal from a free-kick since David Beckham’s strike against Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup.

Baines said: “I’ll try to claim it — it was definitely on target.

“We could have played better second half but the game was won. The main thing was to not concede a goal.

“It gets us off to a good start and the goal difference could play a part later on so it’s nice to get them on the board.

“It’s nice to get the goal but it’s not one of my more memorable ones. It took a pretty big deflection. I don’t know if you’d describe it as a Brazilian free-kick — it was more like one you’d see in the park.

“I’m chuffed with it. It was a good night all in all. A professional performance from the lads. It shows what we’re capable of. Not many teams would come here and do that.

“They had a couple of tight games against Holland and it proves we’ve got goals throughout the team.”

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