Baines talks his way out of England squad
Everton full-back Leighton Baines was one of the unlucky seven England players to miss the cut on Tuesday.
The left-back was axed from Fabio Capello’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals and you can’t help thinking he talked his way out of the traveling party.
Baines, who looked to be in pole position to deputies for Ashley Cole, has not made the cut despite starting in the recent win over Mexico.
Baines was handed a starting role at Wembley in the 3-1 win and although his performance was below par it was his comments afterward which had many people and obviously Capello asking whether he could cut the mustard at international level.
Baines, speaking after the win over Mexico, said: “Everyone wants to be a part of England, to come away and play, but I have always found it really hard, even when I was teenager, being away from home.I have always struggled with it, that’s quite tough.
“Did I enjoy the evening? Not really, no. It was hard work but we won.”
It’s true Baines looked nervous against the speed and movement of Mexico, but then to admit he often gets homesick and that he didn’t enjoy his second cap at Wembley is World Cup suicide.
Fair enough, his selection wasn’t going to affect England’s World Cup Odds too much, but it did seem like a funny thing to say.
Aston Villa’s tough-tackling full-back Stephen Warnock is the man to profit and it is the former Liverpool man who will be Cole’s understudy.
However, Warnock, who has only played eight minutes for England, is unlikely to get any game time as long as Cole stays fit.
Meanwhile, England remain third favorites with World Cup Betting for success in South Africa, behind Spain and Brazil.