A dependable left-back, Leighton Baines is probably best known for his set-piece expertise and penalties. He joined Everton FC from Wigan Athletic FC in 2007 and has proved a popular figure back in the city of his birth. A stand-in for Ashley Cole at international level, he should make his major tournament bow for England at UEFA EURO 2012.
• A native Liverpudlian, he had youth trials with Liverpool FC but launched his career in earnest with Wigan.
• Won two promotions in his first three seasons with the Lancashire club, helping them into the Premier League as runners-up of the Championship in 2004/05 – a season in which he also made his England Under-21 debut.
• Missed just one match as Wigan finished tenth in their debut Premier League campaign; helped them preserve their top-flight status the following season before joining Everton.
• Participated in three successive European campaigns for the Merseysiders and was handed his senior international debut in a March 2010 friendly against Egypt, but was overlooked in favour of Stephen Warnock for the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.
• Improved his England credentials with a superb 2010/11 season, in which he played every minute for Everton in the Premier League and scored five goals, earning the club's player of the season prize; came on as a 31st-minute substitute for Cole in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier at home to Switzerland and started successive 2011/12 friendlies against Sweden and the Netherlands.
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|15.08.2012||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||England||2-1||Italy||78||0||0|
|07.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Moldova||0-5||England||90||1||0|
|11.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||England||1-1||Ukraine||73||0||0|
|12.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||England||5-0||San Marino||90||0||0|
|06.02.2013||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||England||2-1||Brazil||44||0||0|
|22.03.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||San Marino||0-8||England||90||0||1|
|29.05.2013||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||England||1-1||Republic of Ireland||36||0||0|
|02.06.2013||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Brazil||2-2||England||32||0||0|
|17.08.2013||English Premier League||Norwich||2-2||Everton||90||0||0|
|24.08.2013||English Premier League||Everton||0-0||West Brom||90||0||0|
|31.08.2013||English Premier League||Cardiff||0-0||Everton||90||0||0|
|06.09.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||England||4-0||Moldova||43||0||0|
|14.09.2013||English Premier League||Everton||1-0||Chelsea||90||0||0|
|21.09.2013||English Premier League||West Ham||2-3||Everton||90||2||0|
|30.09.2013||English Premier League||Everton||3-2||Newcastle||90||0||0|
|05.10.2013||English Premier League||Man. City||3-1||Everton||90||0||0|
|11.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||England||4-1||Montenegro||90||0||0|
|15.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||England||2-0||Poland||90||0||1|
|19.10.2013||English Premier League||Everton||2-1||Hull||90||0||0|
|26.10.2013||English Premier League||Aston Villa||0-2||Everton||90||0||0|
|03.11.2013||English Premier League||Everton||0-0||Tottenham||90||0||0|
|09.11.2013||English Premier League||Crystal Palace||0-0||Everton||90||0||0|
|23.11.2013||English Premier League||Everton||3-3||Liverpool||50||0||0|
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