Baines enjoyed success when he moved to Everton in 2007-08 and pushed his claims for inclusion in the England squad with some consistent performances in the Toffees' defence.
Beginning his professional career at Wigan, he made his debut for the club in 2002 and was only 17 when he made his bow. Going on to become a first team regular, Baines made over 150 appearances for the Latics before he chose to move on to Everton.
Having initially seen his career back on Merseyside disrupted by injury, he went on to make the left-back slot his own and played in his first full international (having been called up at Under-21 level) against Egypt in February 2010.
Strengths: One of the most committed defenders you will see, his passion and desire to win the ball hold him in good stead.
Weaknesses: Not the tallest of players, and can sometimes be caught out of position when looking to attack.
Career high: Starting in the 2009 FA Cup final, Everton would not manage to upset Chelsea and lost the game 2-1.
Career low: In his first major final, the Carling Cup final of 2006, he was given the run around by Ronaldo as Manchester United beat Wigan 4-0.
Style: Uncompromising, passionate, pacey, a real team player.
Quotes: "He is a very good attacking full-back. He's quick, hard to get past as a defender and he is good on the ball. He has varied talents and we have been pleased with him.'' Everton manager David Moyes, February 2010.
Trivia: From Merseyside, Baines was actually on the books of the Toffees as a teenager and came full circle when he returned.