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Leighton Baines

Leighton John Baines (born 11 December 1984) is an English people Association football who plays for Everton F.C. and the England national football team.

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Leighton John Baines (born 11 December 1984) is an English people Association football who plays for Everton F.C. and the England national football team.

Leighton Baines started Leighton Baines career with Wigan Athletic F.C., with whom Leighton Baines won the Football League Second Division in the 2002-03 in English football season and was a runner-up in the 2004-05 in English football Football League Championship and the 2006 Football League Cup Final. Leighton Baines joined Everton in 2007, helping them reach the 2009 FA Cup Final. Leighton Baines has played for England at England national under-21 football team and senior levels.

Club career

Youth career

Baines began Leighton Baines career as a left-winger at the Liverpool F.C. Centre of Excellence. Leighton Baines also represented the Merseyside boys team, but Leighton Baines career went no further at Liverpool. After interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Leighton Baines joined Wigan Athletic F.C..

Wigan Athletic

Baines made Leighton Baines debut for Wigan Athletic F.C. in 2002, and was a member of the team that won the Football League Second Division in the 2002-03 in English football season. Leighton Baines was a regular in the first-team when Wigan earned promotion to the Premier League in 2004-05 in English football. That season saw Baines score Leighton Baines first goal for the club, a long-range shot against Ipswich Town F.C..

Baines is believed to be a pessimist and often doubts Leighton Baines own footballing ability, when Leighton Baines secured promotion with Wigan, Leighton Baines doubted Leighton Baines was good enough to play in the Premier League: "We won promotion to the Premier League and, straight away, I was thinking, 'Where am I going to go now?' I should have been celebrating but I spent a large part of that summer worrying about what it would be like spending the next year on the bench and in the reserves." and extended Leighton Baines contract again after impressive displays in Leighton Baines first season in the Premier League. Whilst at Wigan Leighton Baines started in the 2006 Football League Cup Final defeat to Manchester United.

Everton

In July 2007 Baines rejected a move to Sunderland A.F.C., after their bid of a reported £6 million was accepted by Wigan. In the following month Leighton Baines signed for Everton F.C. for an initial fee of £5 million, with another £1 million in add-ons, dependant on Baines' appearances for Everton.

Leighton Baines did not play regularly in Leighton Baines first season, making just 29 appearances in all competitions, due to an injury and the good form of Phil Jagielka and Joseph Yobo at centre back which kept Joleon Lescott at left back. Leighton Baines second season at Everton saw an increase in Baines's playing time. Due to an injury to Yobo, Lescott moved to the centre of defence and Baines played at left back. Leighton Baines was voted Player of the Month at Everton two months in a row in the 2008–09 season. Baines scored Leighton Baines first ever Everton goal against Portsmouth F.C. on 21 March, at Fratton Park, after 57 games (in all competitions) without scoring. On 30 August 2009, Leighton Baines scored a last minute penalty in a 2–1 win over Leighton Baines former team Wigan. A month later, Leighton Baines captain (association football) Everton for the first time in a UEFA Europa League match against AEK Athens F.C. Leighton Baines also scored a late penalty in a 3-1 2009-10 FA Cup game against Carlisle United.

In the 2010–11 Everton F.C. season campaign Baines played every minute of Everton's Premier League games, as well as scoring seven goals in all competitions. Leighton Baines contribution was rewarded with the club's Player of the Season, Players' Player of the Season, and Goal of the Season awards. Two of those goals were free kicks against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and Chelsea F.C.. The goal against Chelsea was voted Everton Goal of the Season. Leighton Baines also contributed 11 assists throughout the season and was 5th overall in the Premier League and was the league's highest assisting defender.

International career

Leighton Baines made Leighton Baines début for the England national under-21 football team in a 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification game in Austria in September 2004 under Peter Taylor (footballer born 1953). and made Leighton Baines full international debut in a exhibition match against Egypt national football team at Wembley Stadium on 3 March 2010, playing the full 90 minutes of a 3–1 win for England. Leighton Baines was selected in a provisional squad of 30 players for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but did not make the final squad of 23 players to be taken to South Africa, with Aston Villa F.C. left-back Stephen Warnock, who had not played in the warm-up games, taken in Leighton Baines place. Baines made Leighton Baines competitive international debut on 4 June 2011, replacing the injured Ashley Cole in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland national football team, assisting Ashley Young for England's equalizing goal.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leighton_Baines

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