Easily one of the most consistent England National players over the last decade, Ashley Cole is suddenly hearing calls for his phasing out as the Three Lions’ first choice left back.
The only thing is, he’s done absolutely nothing to deserve a demotion. Over the past year we’ve seen him feature positively in England’s recent Euro run and maintain an unrelentingly steady form for a Chelsea club that has encountered more than it’s fair share of Abramovich-created chaos. So why the sudden longing to put his international career out to pasture? Shouldn’t England be worrying about pretty much every other position besides left back?
Well, yeah, probably… but then again, it’s pretty hard to ignore this.
And that kind of dynamic play has been the rule for Leighton Baines this season. Already tallying 5 goals and 2 assists from the left back position, he’s combined brilliantly with Steven Pienaar and added some serious overlapping bite to Everton’s left side attack.
All the while, he’s managed