Leighton Baines says he is happy to play second fiddle to Ashley Cole
Everton defender not frustrated by lack of England caps
Moldova game will be Baines's first competitive start
It is the story of the understudy, the No2, the nearly man, the guy who has to be patient, putting on a brave face and trying to balance any disappointments with the knowledge that the player keeping him out of the team is a footballer of uncommon ability.
It can be a frustrating business at times, as Leighton Baines is willing to admit. In another era Baines might have had legitimate aspirations of playing 50 or 60 times for England. As it is, he has been restricted to nine caps.
He has been an excellent and consistent performer for Everton but his place in Roy Hodgson's team for Friday's game in Moldova boils down to one thing: Ashley Cole, the first-choice left-back, is injured.
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