Defender says he is happy with his performances that helped England reach World Cup
England 2-0 Poland
FIFA World Cup 2014
Group H Qualifier
8pm, Tuesday 15 October 2013
Leighton Baines was 'buzzing' after helping England secure a place at the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Poland.
Needing a victory in their final Group H qualifier, Roy Hodgson's men dominated the first half as they went in search of that all-important breakthrough.
Baines was a thorn in Poland's right hand side all night, providing England with a serious threat from wide area and delivering a number of dangerous crosses.
However, if took until the 40th minute for one of them to be converted when Wayne Rooney rose inside the box to head past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Captain Steven Gerrard grabbed a late second to ease any England concerns and book their place in Brazil.
And Baines told TheFA.com: "We’re all buzzing. It was a tough game we had in front of us tonight and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy but we played really well and deserved to win the game.
"It’s great to have got over the line and now we can look forward to the World Cup."
He added: "We were creating a lot of chances and you start to, not become anxious, but you want to see one go in sooner rather than later.
"Thankfully I put the ball in and Wayne’s great in the air and produced a really good header.
"We created plenty more chances, especially in the first half and would have warranted another goal or two probably, with Poland looking to catch us on the break.
"We didn’t start the second the way we would have liked but we dug in and the goal at the end eased the nerves and saw us through.
"There are a lot of different emotions and relief is definitely one of those. We just wanted to get the job done and we did.
"It’s about looking forward and it’s going to be exciting looking forward to a World Cup in Brazil."
Baines was one of England's star performers in their last two victories and took his opportunity at left-back in the absence of the injured Ashley Cole.
Following the 4-1 success against Montenegro, the 27-year-old admitted that he would like to put his own stamp on the position and is pleased with how the double-header has gone for him.
He was also full of praise for Three Lions captain Gerrard, whose late clincher summed up his desire to reach the World Cup.
Baines said: "Steven showed what he’s about. We know all about his quality, he’s captain of his country, he’s a leader and that was grit, determination and desire to stay on the ball and get the goal.
"He’s done it for us and that’s why he’s a top, top player, because he produces moments like that in big games."
He added: "Everyone’s over the moon, we go away now and enjoy tonight to a certain extent, but we’ve all got big games for our clubs now.
"I’m sure at the weekend when everyone has played the games they can put their feet up and let everything soak in."
Baines is now looking forward to next summer and has already cleared his diary in the hope he is handed a place in the squad for Brazil after missing out at the 2010 finals.
He joked: "I’m available, if invited! A lot can happen between now and then. We’ve got a few games to come back here and play in - they’ll be great.
"But we start our preparation and can look forward to getting out there, it’s very special to play in a World Cup, to be in Brazil. Everyone’s fighting for their place."