Baines seeks England recall
Everton left-back Leighton Baines has not given up on his England dream after winning two caps.
Last Updated: 14/09/10 1:02pm
Everton left-back Leighton Baines has not given up on his England dream.
Baines has two caps to his name and looked set to be named in Fabio Capello's squad for the 2010 World Cup.
However, he was overlooked by the Italian, with Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock instead taken to South Africa.
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole remains England's first-choice left-back while Baines has seen Arsenal youngster Kieran Gibbs leapfrog him in the pecking order.
But Baines is not allowing himself to get disheartened, telling the Liverpool Echo: "You never know where you are with England.
"Before I got my first call-up I didn't know if I was close or a million miles away.
"The past has proved if your form is good every week then you will get looked at.
"Okay, it didn't work out quite as well as it could have done but I am only 25 and there is still time."
Baines also reserved praise for Toffees team-mate Phil Jagielka, who recently impressed for England during their two Euro 2012 qualifying victories.
"Jags has been brilliant for England," said Baines. "I watched him against the Swiss and he looked so comfortable and assured at the back.
"I texted him after the game and said 'you looked like you had played 40 internationals'. He certainly didn't look like it was his sixth cap.
"The way he performed for England is the way he plays for us every week. He is a rock and a terrific defender."