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Cole retires after World Cup snub

Ashley Cole has retired from international football after being told he would not be in England's World Cup squad.

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wotyomamased says...

Should have stayed on....He was on the telly singing for Austria in the Euro's. And to quote Bruce Forsyth....'Didn't He Do Well...'

Posted 12:45pm 15th May 2014

superheroday (Arsenal) says...

Why is no one blaming mourihnio for Cole not going to the world cup?

Posted 8:34am 14th May 2014

jimbobbarker (Torquay United) says...

@mh74 I'm talking about international level mate, the experienced players you are talking about have done nothing for England. Regardless of what they have done at club level, I don't see England getting past Italy and Ukraine with or without Ashley Cole. If you think he makes THAT much difference then obviously you need to take over from Mourinho at Chelsea as he seems to agree with Hodgson.

Posted 10:32am 13th May 2014

Mike_Christie (Manchester United) says...

nickyb, whatever your opinion on Cole as a person, as a footballer he has 107 caps for England and has been one of the first names on the teamsheet for a decade. I would expect any decent manager to do him the courtesy of letting him know he wasn't in the squad personally, well in advance of the squad being made public. I think Hodgson may have erred here. Baines is too old to be England's future and realistically has no more experience of international or European football than his 18 year old backup. Given Cole's pretty stellar performances at the end of the season I'd have been more inclined to overlook Baines as unfortunately being one of those players just playing at the wrong time and taken the proven performer and the promising heir, as in Cole and Shaw. Ashley Cole has proved himself at this level time after time, whether its for England, or in the Champion's League for Chelsea.

Posted 5:13pm 12th May 2014

deepcdiver (Chelsea) says...

@snakecained. Another twenty years at Arsenal and he may have got a Champions League medal too....doubt it though.

Posted 2:52pm 12th May 2014

masmaz (Arsenal) says...

Bad move Roy. Starting 2 FBs, neither of whom are sound defensively is suicide. Cole is a rock.

Posted 2:32pm 12th May 2014

mh74 says...

@jimbobbarker "On the other hand, the current crop of 'experienced' England players have never done anything have they? " - You are joking right?, those experienced players have won everything there is to win at club level at home and in Europe. If instead you're suggesting that they haven't done it an international level then the same could be said about any current player who hasn't represented Spain, Italy or France the last 10 years.

Posted 2:28pm 12th May 2014

rodger's gusset (Liverpool) says...

I'd still have had him in over Shaw, a great servant to England, a fantastic football player and he has always given 100%. He's been given far too much s**t over the years. Love him or hate him but the guy deserves respect and can quite frankly walk away with his head held high.

Posted 2:19pm 12th May 2014

Gab1965 says...

chelseablue_no1 - Well, we were probably screwed anyway but I find the Cole decision to be a real shocker. Personally, I think that this should be a big World Cup, in Brazil, that everyone should be playing for 'now', not the future, build for the future in the joke tournaments that are likely to be Qatar and Russia. This is the last 'proper' World Cup we will be seeing for some time. Just our luck that we have Hodgson in charge.

Posted 1:53pm 12th May 2014

Gab1965 says...

jimbobbarker - Maybe so, but, out of the crop who haven't done anything, Cole was the best performer and his stand ins have less experience than in some of the other positions. Not one tournament appearance between them. Baines is too inexperienced to become first choice at this point and Cole is the man who you'd want coming in if the first choice player had to drop out. The choice should have been between Shaw and Baines to go.

Posted 1:50pm 12th May 2014

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