Baines holds little hope
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leighton Baines concedes he holds little hope of receiving an England call-up.
Wigan left-back Leighton Baines concedes he holds little hope of receiving an England call-up this week, despite the fact both Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge are unavailable for the Israel clash.
England head coach Steve McClaren names his squad for this month's European Championship qualifying double header against Israel and Andorra on Friday.
Cole is suspended for the Israel game and his understudy for both Chelsea and England, Bridge, is currently sidelined following knee surgery and will play no part.
Baines has built on an impressive debut campaign in the Premiership with another mature term of assured appearances this season and he has not been short of voices willing to back his international claims.
However, the player himself believes that, as has been the case in the past, disappointment is the only emotion he is likely to feel upon hearing the naming of McClaren's squad.
"There was a time last year when I started to think I might have a chance of getting into the squad," Baines told Wigan Today.
"I've always thought people would mention it, but I'd always thought I'd have no chance.
"Then a few months ago I thought there may have been a slight chance. But when the squad got named I was a bit disappointed - I didn't expect to get in it, though.
"I've been slightly disappointed. There has been a couple of times when there have been injuries and I've felt I may have had an outside chance of getting in.
"But it's been nothing more than that really.
"When you're not playing for a team in Europe or competing at the higher end of the league it's always going to be difficult to play for your country."