For years and years, the England national team has been criticised for their lack of quality players and to be totally honest, it's not hard to see why.

But one department that the Three Lions have nothing to worry about is at left-back. For the past ten years, Chelsea's Ashley Cole has been England's first choice in this department and has been and still is widely regarded as the best left-back in the world.

With next year's World Cup just around the corner, England are going to need cover for every position and with some positions poorly covered, left-back is completely sorted.

Everton's Leighton Baines is set to challenge Cole for England's number three shirt and with the 28 year-old on wonderful form with his club, Cole will have to perform at the highest level every game he plays.

Baines is known for his brilliant free-kick accuracy and has recently impressed in an England shirt in their recent World cup qualifiers in Ashley Cole's absence.

Say one of these two pick an injury and are forced to miss the World Cup next year, then Roy Hodgson has Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs to select. The 24 year-old has made a superb start to the season and was recently on the bench for England.

England's first choice U21 left-back Luke Shaw is likely to be England's first-choice left back in five years time and it's no surprise why. He is a regular for Southampton and at just 18 years of age, the future looks very bright for him.

So, as you can see, despite England's many concerns heading into next year's World Cup, the left-back position is well covered and will be for years to come.  

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