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Everton hero Hinchcliffe: Baines better than Chelsea star Cole

Former Everton defender Andy Hinchliffe says Leighton Baines should be selected for England ahead of Chelsea star Ashley Cole.

Unlike his own short-lived international experience, he believes the Scouser should be an enduring presence in Roy Hodgson's side.

"In my opinion he should be England's first choice left-back now," Hinchcliffe told the Liverpool Echo. "On merit rather than as a result of any perceived misdemeanours by Ashley Cole.

"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.

Chelsea play a different way to Everton, which often sees Cole pushing inside and linking up with Mata and Hazard.

"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!"

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