With the World Cup only eight months away, Hugh Wilson looks at who will start at left-back in Brazil for the Three LionsThere are a number of players who will already be on the plane to Brazil next June, as well as being a certainty on Roy Hodgson's team sheet. However, a position which has been up for a debate is who will play at left-back for England.
Chelsea's Ashley Cole has been the number one choice in the role for over a decade, making his debut back in 2001.
However, in recent years, Everton's Leighton Baines has made a real claim for that position, giving Roy Hodgson a headache over who he will choose.
Baines first featured for England back in 2010, winning two caps, before doubling that amount the next year for England. In the last two years though, the Everton man has made more appearances for the national side, winning 15 caps compared to Cole's 12.
BetVictor have a special market up for who will start in that position. Ashley Cole is favourite at 1/2 (1.50), with Baines trailing at 6/4 (2.50). For those that maybe think another player will make a claim, you can back any other player at 16/1 (17.00).
With Ashley Cole turning 33 in December, it will be interesting to see whether Hodgson sticks with experience as he enters a big tournament, with Cole having played in a number of major international tournaments.
Despite pressure from the media and fans to play younger players to build for the future, Cole's previous experience over Baines in the big matches should see him start at left-back. 1/2 (1.50) may be too short for some punters but still looks the best option in this market given the current situation.
|Ashley Cole to start at left back in England's opening World Cup game at 1/2 (1.50) 1.0pt with BetVictor
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