With Chelsea‚Äôs Ashley Cole, the established choice on the left of defence, back in the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland, Baines knows he has a fight to retain his place.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been trying to keep my form up at club level between the two international breaks,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúThe competition for places is just the way it is. It‚Äôs something you just have to accept.
‚ÄúYou respect the players in the squad and the other players who are in your position that much that you know you may not play.
‚ÄúAll you can always do is do the best you can for your club and that‚Äôs what I‚Äôve been trying to do.‚ÄĚ