Everton star confident of European push

Everton defender Leighton Baines is hopeful that the Toffees can return to European football next season by finishing in the top five in the Premier League, as reported by the FA.

The Blues are currently sitting fifth in the league with just two points separating them and rivals Liverpool in fourth.

If Manchester City win the Capital One Cup, even sixth place will qualify for the Europa League next season and so Baines is confident of returning to the spotlight next season.

The attacking left back signed a new deal at Goodison Park last month after interest from Manchester United.

The 29 year old looks a certainty to go to the World Cup in the summer with England and he believes that will just be the start of good things to come.

“Getting back into Europe is a major goal. The cup competitions have always been important to us but it would be huge to bring that sort of success back to the club.

“There is no limit if you can do it well; it is a style all the top teams in Europe play so we have to up our level as players to try to execute it.

“We would like to improve again and give ourselves the best chance of getting back into European football.

“If we managed to qualify for Europe then the style we play immediately translates to fitting in with European football, we don’t need to adapt.”

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