Unlike his own short-lived international experience, he believes the Scouser should be an enduring presence in Roy Hodgson’s side.
“Both are brilliant defenders, but for me Leighton Baines offers more and has done for the last two years. His delivery is outstanding, and the way the Everton team is set up takes advantage of that.
“But Everton encourage Baines to get wide and get crosses in which he does brilliantly.
“It was what happened when I was at Everton and Joe Royle became manager. It made sense to him to use my delivery from the left and that’s exactly what David Moyes is doing with Baines.
“Maybe it’s an Everton thing!"