Everton star Baines hoping club form will earn England opportunity

The Three Lions' defender has expressed his desire to gain a permanent starting place in Roy Hodgson's team despite currently playing second fiddle to Ashley Cole
Everton star Leighton Baines has spoken of his aim to establish himself within the England starting line-up after impressing for his club this season.

The Toffees' left-back is currently second choice to Chelsea's Ashley Cole, who is expected to earn his 100th cap for the Three Lions tomorrow night in a friendly with Brazil.

However, while the 28-year-old believes Cole deserves plaudits for his achievement, he is eager to stake his claim for more regular appearances for the national side.
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He told FATV: "Ash is on for his 100th cap now, it's well deserved and hopefully he'll get that tomorrow. I'll just keep plugging away and keep doing the best that I can for my club, if that brings chances for my country as well I'll be happy with that."

Baines also revealed that he is looking forward to pitting himself against the South American giants, and feels that the home fans will relish a clash with the five-time World champions.

He added: "It's not often that Brazil come over, so it's an exciting game and one that I'm sure appeals to the public as well, hopefully we can play well."