It will prove to be the most anticipated squad choice for England fans in the build-up to the World Cup finals. And in a recent poll carried out by The Mirror, it was the Southampton full-back that won with three-fifths of the vote.
Both players had their chance to shine in the game against Denmark last night and neither player, in my opinion, really got hold of the game and proved outright why they should be on the plane to Brazil in the summer.
In fact, in many ways their performances were very similar, especially in a statistical sense.
Ashley Cole touched the ball 44 times, making 30 passes with a 97% accuracy. In comparison, Luke Shaw touched the ball 35 times, making 26 passes with an 85% accuracy.
And defensively neither player was really troubled. Cole made more clearances and interceptions, while Shaw made more tackles, but all-in-all there was very little to between them.
It's an interesting battle and arguments for both players can be easily made. However, I feel with so many young players already in the team, experience will be vital.
But then again, because of the lack of real quality wingers, I would personally opt to take both of them. I believe Hodgson could use Baines as a left midfielder due to his far superior wing play over England's more 'natural' wingers, and it would also add more defensive quality to the middle of the park.
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