Baines - I know my place

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England left-back Leighton Baines concedes he is not first choice at the European Championship, but believes he is fresh enough physically and mentally to step in at a moment's notice.

Chelsea's Ashley Cole has been an almost permanent fixture on the left of the national team's defence for a decade and will continue that role in Poland and Ukraine. That has almost helped Baines come to terms with his position as back-up, so when he did not get on the pitch for Saturday's friendly win over Belgium he took it all in his stride.

"I don't really think that much about it. I just try and play as well as I can for my club and hopefully keep getting called up," the Everton defender told the Liverpool Echo.

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