Opta: Baines ready for England
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan's Leighton Baines has shown he is ready to play for England.
With Steve McClaren sticking with Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge as his preferred left-back contenders, one man will no doubt be feeling somewhat frustrated at his failure to make his mark on the current England senior set-up.
Wigan's Leighton Baines has been in inspired form again this season, turning out a number of superb performances for the Latics. Indeed, compared to the likes of Cole, Bridge and West Ham's Paul Konchesky, Baines comes out on top in the Premiership this term.
The 21-year old has already bagged a league goal this term, one more than Cole and co., while defensively, Baines has also impressed, making more tackles and winning more tackles (a superb 94%) than his counterparts. The youngster has also made substantially more clearances (62) and interceptions (11).
While the more experienced Cole and Bridge, along with Konchesky, have performed better with their passing and crossing, surely the time is drawing near when McClaren hands Baines a chance to make the step up to the senior England squad.
|Premiership 06/07||Baines||A Cole||Bridge||Konchesky|
|Team||Wigan Athletic||Chelsea||Chelsea||West Ham United|
|Minutes On Pitch||990||568||513||982|
|Goal Attempts|| || || || |
|Total Shots Attempted||3||1||0||7|
|Passing|| || || || |
|Pass Completion %||50%||87%||77%||70%|
|Crossing|| || || || |
|Cross Completion %||21%||25%||38%||19%|
|Defending|| || || || |
|Tackles Won %||94%||84%||81%||75%|
|Discipline|| || || || |