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    Personally, I'm of the opinion that he should be. He might not be quite as effective defensively as Ashley Cole, but what he offers in terms of attacking runs, crosses and free kicks more than makes up for that in my view. Not only that but he has such a positive attitude and works so hard for the team whenever he plays. Whereas Ashley Cole sometimes looks like he doesn't really want to be there. So what's your opinion, should Baines be England's first choice left back?
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    Based on this season, Kieran Gibbs should be ahead of both, has been consistently quality in both attack and defence for arsenal this season

    Baines is better than cole attacking wise, but defending, baines has got nothing on cole
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    (Original post by niceguy95)
    Based on this season, Kieran Gibbs should be ahead of both, has been consistently quality in both attack and defence for arsenal this season
    I presume you're an Arsenal fan?
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    Cole continues to be exceptional week in week out. Would have to look back a very long time to see where he's underperformed/had a bad game. He's more experienced, and has been playing in massive games for longer (and keeping the best players in the world locked down.)

    Tbf, Baines has been exceptional for a while now too. Cole's experience/reliability wins out imo.
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    England need expansive, attack-minded options and Baines fits that category well. He's better going forward than Ashley Cole, but probably not as strong defensively. Cole's experience is crucial, and he has been so consistent for so long. It's a tough one but I'd be inclined to say Baines on the basis of current form.
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    Cashley has provided consistent, high quality performances for over a decade now and has done nothing to warrant being dropped. He'll be one of the first names on the team sheet if England make it to the World Cup next year and rightly so.
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    No, would you go for sausage when caviar is available?


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    Just play Cole LB and Baines LW. Baines has more assists than most English players in the Premier League anyway.
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    Cole is still up there as a world-beater. Should be 1st choice for 2014, but after that maybe scale down his involvement.
 
 
 
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