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Baines targeting six points

Leighton Baines has said that is vital that England collect a maximum return from their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers to keep them on track for Brazil.

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Leighton Baines: 'We want to finish the season in terms of qualifying on a h

Leighton Baines: 'We want to finish the season in terms of qualifying on a h

England travel to San Marino on Friday before playing in Montenegro next Tuesday and the Everton full-back believes this is no time for slip-ups if they are to regain pole position in Group H.

Baines told the FA website: "The first game is one that everyone expects us to win and is a game we must win.

"And then it's a tougher game after that, one that's going to be really difficult and one that we really need to win.

"We want to finish the season in terms of qualifying on a high and in the best possible position to pick it up at the start of next season.

"The two draws put us under more pressure to win this one and the worst case is that we don't lose the game because there are plenty more games to come."

After two draws against Poland and Ukraine, England have eight points after four games in their section, two points behind leaders Montenegro and three clear of Poland - who have a game in hand.

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nd we always will love Ozil. I don't really mind if no other team can see just how brilliant he is, or if people think he is rubbish, because we know he is far from it. He is a fantastic player, and if people cannot see that it can only be a good thing, in that he will be at Arsenal for years to come, pulling the strings from behind a glass veil.

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like the list and Ozil in particular does seem under appreciated when you look at his stats (an odd thing considering his fee or maybe because of it). Palace have a few and I've always thought Dwight Gayle at Palace was under rated, certainly when you look at his goals per game ratio. You can probably also add Ryan Bertrand at Saints who should be in the England team in my view.

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ew Shaun Wright Phillips, there I've said it. If any club offers stupid money we'd be stupid to say no, he's not a potential worldie by any stretch and I feel that after a few years warming the bench at city or Chelsea he'll be back at QPR smoking sheesha pipes under Harry Redknapp.

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