Found October 12, 2012 on
Leighton Baines is set to replace Ashley Cole at left-back for England in tonight's World Cup qualifier against San Marino at Wembley.
Cole was charged by the FA with misconduct after last week's Twitter rant but boss Roy Hodgson will maintain he has been rested for football reasons against a side ranked joint-worst in the world, viewing Tuesday's match with Poland the sterner test.
Baines is due to be flanked by Everton team-mate Phil Jagielka, with Chelsea's Gary Cahill the other centre-half and Tottenham's Kyle Walker replacing suspended Glen Johnson at right-back for his first competitive start.
Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley will anchor the midfield, the latter with more license to go forward, while Arsenal pair Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are primed to start on the wings.
With Steven Gerrard suspended, Wayne Rooney wears the captain's armband for the first time in a competitive fixture and will be granted freedo...
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Leighton Baines has set his sights on holding onto the England left-back role but still expects Ashley Cole to reach the 100-cap mark.
Baines turned in another impressive performance during Friday night's 5-0 win over minnows San Marino in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
The Everton player has started all four internationals since the Euro 2012 finals as Cole nurses an ankle...
England defender Ashley Cole has accepted a charge of misconduct for insulting the Football Association in an offensive Twitter post.
Cole admitted bringing the game into disrepute when he reacted angrily last Friday to an FA commission questioning the evidence he gave in defending teammate John Terry against a charge of racially abusing an opponent.
However, the Chelsea left back...
A Chelsea left back has apologized for using an expletive in a Twitter post - and this time it wasn't Ashley Cole.
Ryan Bertrand, Cole's understudy at Chelsea, failed to heed The Football Association's recent warnings about showing responsibility while using social networking sites when he swore in a tweet on Thursday.
''Sorry if i offended anyone by swearing...
Ashley Cole has admitted a charge of misconduct following his Twitter outburst against the English Football Association. The Chelsea and...
Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand has apologised after using an expletive on Twitter to condemn reports he had pulled out of England's World Cup qualifier with San Marino with a "sore throat''.
The FA's official description of the illness that has prevented Bertrand from training since Monday was clearly viewed as an insufficient explanation of his condition.