Phil Jagielka confident Leighton Baines will fill Ashley Cole's boots

Jagielka: 'Baines won't let us down'
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Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka says that Leighton Baines won't let England down against Montenegro.

Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka has expressed his confidence in his teammate Leighton Baines to perform at left-back for England in the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Montenegro.

Baines is expected to fill in for Ashley Cole after the Chelsea defender, who has made over 100 appearances at international level, withdrew from the squad yesterday because of a rib injury.

"Ashley Cole has done a fantastic job," Jagielka told reporters today. "If Baines does get a chance to play, I'm sure he won't let us down. He's a fantastic defender and a fantastic attacking threat as well."

Cole's place in the 23-man squad has been taken by Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs.

England host Montenegro and Poland at Wembley on Friday and Tuesday respectively. Wins in both matches will guarantee the Three Lions a place at next year's World Cup in Brazil.

England manager Roy Hodgson prior to kick-off in the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on September 10, 2013
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