Baines to leave Wigan

He said: “There were a couple of occasions recently when I thought I might have had a chance of a call-up, especially with one or two of the established left-backs injured.

“It was disappointing to miss out but I accept it’s more difficult to get noticed if you are not playing for a team in the top half of the Premiership or playing in Europe.

“If you have ambitions to play for your country you have to be playing for a team that is doing well – like we were last season.

“I seemed to be getting mentioned as a possible England player a lot more a year ago.

“This has been a much tougher season, mainly because there has been a big change in personnel. But I’m confident we will stay up and kick on next season.

“This club has massive potential. I believe that – and I’m happy here.

“We feel we’ve turned the corner and that we are on course to drag ourselves out of trouble. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.

“When we keep this club up we will look back on it as a job well done – and make sure we don’t allow ourselves to get sucked back into the same position next season.”