West Ham's Cresswell: Everton star is amongst top five in the world

Leighton Baines

West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell has praised his Everton counterpart.

Cresswell has been one of the signings of the season, making the step up from the Championship to excel in the new exciting West Ham side.

The 24-year-old has been a constant feature for Sam Allardyce’s side, and his attacking full-back play has allowed the Hammers to prosper with their diamond midfield. The former Ipswich man has been on the end of calls for international recognition, although Cresswell is well aware that he is far from receiving a Three Lions call-up, with Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw and Kieran Gibbs all ahead of him in Roy Hodgson’s plans.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, Cresswell said: “There are a few left-backs around at the minute with Luke Shaw behind Baines and also Kieran Gibbs. England have got quite a few options at the moment, so I'll take this season as it comes.”

Shaw and Gibbs both took to the field in England’s 3-1 victory over Scotland earlier this week, but it is Everton man Baines who is considered the best English left-back at this current moment in time. Unfortunate to have been playing at the same time as ex-Chelsea man Ashley Cole, Baines has regularly had to sit on the sidelines, and it has only been in the last year that the 29-year-old has been allowed to prosper for his nation.

Whilst considered by many to be the best left-sided full-back in the Premier League, Cresswell believes his Merseyside rival should be considered one of the top five left-backs in the world.

“Leighton Baines is my opposite number at Everton and, like me, he is from Liverpool,” he added.

“He is a fantastic player with a great left foot. He has been around for quite a while now and has played for England numerous times.

“If you look at Leighton, I think you would put him in the top four or five left-backs in the world. I couldn't name five better than him over the last five years.”

Hodgson will be able to compare his two left-back choices this weekend, with the duo facing off as Everton face the Irons on Saturday.

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