Date: 2nd April 2016 at 11:04am
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3. Leighton Baines (Everton)

Used to be an integral part of the England team, but those few words are important… ‘used to be’.

A poor showing in Brazil coupled with injuries has seen Baines slip out of the England picture in recent months and Ryan Bertrand has adequately filled his place.

27 March 2015 - European Championship Qualifying (Group E) - England v Lithuania - Leighton Baines of England - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Baines has been restricted to just 11 Premier League appearances this season for Everton due to injury.

As well as Bertrand, the Everton full-back will now have to compete for a place with Danny Rose, who has arguably been the best left-back in the Premier League this season.

Rose made a flawless debut against Germany on Saturday but appeared nervy on his Wembley debut, which could allow Baines a way back into the squad.

I fully expect Baines, who offers the most experience out the three left-back options, to be competing for a place until the last day of the season, but his lack of game time this term could see him miss out.

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