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Leighton Baines would love to emulate Beckham

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Leighton Baines has been in impressive form this season (©GettyImages)
Leighton Baines has been in impressive form this season (©GettyImages).

Leighton Baines wants to be England's hero tonight, should the Roy Hodgson's side get a free-kick.

The Everton full-back is known for his lethal set-pieces, and Baines is hoping he can emulate David Beckham's memorable England moment when he fired England to the 2002 World Cup with a stunning free-kick against Greece.

Beckham's now iconic strike sealed the former-England captain into folklore and England fans' hearts.

And with a crucial qualifier against Poland at Wembley tonight, Baines is ready to step forward for his country:

"With what's at stake in the game tonight, I would always be willing to step forward and take one in that situation," Baines is quoted as saying in the Evening Standard

The former Wigan man scored two free-kicks in one game against West Ham last month, and is confident in his ability to trouble 'keepers from dangerous areas.

"We have a number of players in the queue like Steven, Wayne and Frank," the left-back continued. "There is a real variety but I'd stake my case for it if I feel it's in an area where I can produce something and I have a lot of belief in my ability from free-kicks."

Remembering that Beckham moment against Greece, Baines says that whilst he grew up watching Beckham on television, he has his own style. 

"Beckham was the star and it's inevitable you pick up on that. But you develop your own style, though what he did stays with me," he added.

"Imitating Beckham was not something I set out to do when growing up but subconsciously you take images in when you watch players like him on TV."

A win for England tonight will guarantee their place at next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

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