Challengers Baines backs Cole

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Leighton Baines has set his sights on holding onto the England left-back role but still expects Ashley Cole to reach the 100-cap mark.

Baines turned in another impressive performance during last night's 5-0 win over minnows San Marino in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. The Everton player has started all four internationals since the Euro 2012 finals as Cole nurses an ankle problem, and now looks a genuine contender for the number three shirt.

"Ashley is a terrific player but, in the games I've played, I've shown I can come in and do a job as well," Baines said. "It would be nice to hold onto the shirt if I can. You want to play so, the more games you play, the happier you are."

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