Jun 19, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Uruguay
2-1
England
Suarez (39', 85')
Godin (9')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Rooney (75')
Gerrard (68')

Phil Neville lends backing to Leighton Baines

Leighton Baines of Everton celebrates victory after the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Norwich City at Goodison Park on January 11, 2014
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Phil Neville says that Leighton Baines will bounce back from his negative performance at the weekend against Italy.

Phil Neville has tipped Leighton Baines to show "why he is England's best left-back" against Uruguay tomorrow night.

Everton full-back Baines came in for some criticism for the performance that he put in against Italy at the weekend, with some having claimed that Roy Hodgson should have included the experienced Ashley Cole in his squad.

However, Neville is a former teammate of Baines and he believes that the 29-year-old will prove his quality in what is a vital fixture for the Three Lions.

"Leighton Baines got some stick for his performance against Italy but I think he will show against Uruguay why he is England's best left-back," Neville wrote in his BBC Sport column.

"Cole was possibly the best left-back in the world for a 10-year period but that time has gone. Hodgson is building a team with future tournaments in mind which is why Everton's Baines and Southampton teenager Luke Shaw got the nod.

"The criticism will not have bothered Baines, though. He is somebody I know well from our time together at Everton and I think he will grow into this tournament from now on - starting with him playing a key attacking role in Sao Paulo on Thursday."

Baines has been capped on 25 occasions by England, during which time he has scored one goal.

Ashley Cole of England runs with the ball during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium on September 6, 2013
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