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Hodgson backs Baines
England boss Roy Hodgson has backed Leighton Baines to push Ashley Cole as the Chelsea man fights to regain his place in the national team tonight.
Many pundits have said that Baines should start in Poland tonight, and Hodgson hinted that Baines may well be in with a shout to retain his spot after playing well in his last four starts.
“Ashley is still a fantastic player,” England manager Roy Hodgson said. “We are lucky though, because Ashley was regarded as the only left-back in England for many years.
“Now we have Leighton Baines, who will always push him, and some interesting younger left-backs like Kieran Gibbs and Ryan Bertrand.
“It’s been a problem position in many of the countries I’ve worked, but we are very well off, which is encouraging because, if anything, the importance of their role has increased.”