Moyes urges Baines recall

Everton boss believes defender should be back in England fold

Baines: Backed by Moyes

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David Moyes believes Leighton Baines' current form merits a recall to the England squad.

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The Everton left-back scored an own goal when suggesting he would have been homesick with the international side at the World Cup.

Fabio Capello subsequently failed to pick him for the South Africa finals but Moyes believes his current form deserves a recall.

He told the Sunday Mirror: "I think Bainesy's form merits a recall because he's as good as any left-back in the country.

"Whatever the management's reasons for not picking him, it can't be because of his form. He's creative, joining in and looking more mature in his play.

"But when he said he'd get homesick, he said the wrong thing. He knows he probably let himself down. He should have been more positive."


Moyes admitted he expected Baines to be selected for Wednesday's friendly against France, but Capello instead went with Arsenal reserve Kieran Gibbs, and later Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock.

The Everton boss said: "We thought this was the squad he could be fed back into, to see if there was any change."

Moyes also criticised Capello for starting Everton centre-half Phil Jagielka at right-back in the 2-1 defeat to Les Bleus.

"Centre-half is Jags' best position and he looked more comfortable when he went there," Moyes said.

"Would I play him at right-back? No."

Wants response

Meanwhile Moyes wants a response at Sunderland on Monday after his side slipped to a 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal last time in which they did not get going until late on.

He added: "I've got to make sure that people are fighting for their places and they know what we expect.

"I don't think people would have seen it as a shock if we'd beaten Arsenal, but now we're back in the bottom half with a difficult away game coming up.

"We've got to get it right."