Date: 6th March 2014 at 1:01pm
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Billed as a showdown as to who will be Leighton Baines under-study at the 2014 World Cup, in Brazil, matters, after England`s 1-0 victory over Denmark, remain as confusing as ever.

Ashley Cole started the fixture, winning his 107th cap whilst his rival for that place on the plane, Luke Shaw played the entire second half.

After the game had finished it was perhaps inevitable that the press corps would confront Roy Hodgson on the subject and the England boss, responding with his usual honesty and freshness, had this to say,

“I thought they were both very good.”

“Ashley got forward and his defending was good, and Luke carried on in the same way.”

“Leighton Baines didn`t even get a look-in today. You`ll be pushing me even harder now to say which player I`ll use and which one will be understudy.”

“It`s tougher now, yes, but there are a lot of matches still to be played.”

“I`ll see a lot of Luke Shaw, Leighton Baines and, hopefully, Ashley Cole in the coming months. I wasn`t surprised with Ashley. I`m a great admirer of him.”

“To play 107 times for England and to be the best in the world for so long demands respect.”


Indeed he does but I get the impression this saga could run and run until Roy Hodgson finally names those who are on the plane to Rio!