Everton fullback Baines ready for England start

Everton fullback Leighton Baines is ready to step in for injured Chelsea star Ashley Cole when England take on Moldova.

The Blues defender has 10 caps and has steadily improved in an England shirt – now he aims to prove his credentials with crucial points at stake.

"Hopefully, if the manager selects me then there's an opportunity there for me," said Kirkby-born 27-year-old.

"Ashley has been fantastic over the years for England and it's been difficult for anyone to get a look-in really, so if the opportunity comes around, I'll look to take it."

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