Cole to become centurion

Roy Hodgson will hand Ashley Cole his 100th England cap against Brazil, but warns he is no longer a guaranteed starter.

Last Updated: 03/02/13 at 11:56 Post Comment

Ashley Cole: Faces competition from Leighton Baines for starting berth

Ashley Cole: Faces competition from Leighton Baines for starting berth

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Chelsea full-back Cole will reach a century of appearances for his country when the Three Lions face Brazil in a glamour friendly at Wembley on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old is still widely recognised as world football's standout performer in his chosen position and has been a virtual ever-present for England since making his debut in 2001.

Hodgson, though concedes that Cole faces stiff competition from Everton's Leighton Baines heading forward and admits he will have tough decisions to make in the near future.

He said: "If Ashley is fit he will play on Wednesday and get his 100th cap.

"But there will come a time when both are fit for an important match and I will have to disappoint one of them.

"They will just have to fight it out and I'm sure the competition between them will be fierce.

"Then I'll have to make a decision.

Capable

Hodgson added: "Leighton proved himself to me during the Euros and since then when he's played a couple of games in Ashley's absence.

"So he doesn't have to do anything. He knows that he's capable of playing for England at left-back.

"Just as Ashley knows he's capable and he's proved it with 100 caps."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

onfirmed. Nick Miller is a douche bag. Lazy, incoherent rant is what this article should be titled. And for the editor to have the temerity to pass this as acceptable writing is shocking. Ah well, anything for clicks right? You got mine. Well done. Your mother must be proud.

poolshortsdown
Gerrard Constantly Searching For That Final Hurrah

T

his Martinez guy is mental. He'll get us relegated. I said that when they appointed him. Sack him now, Bill!

nilsatisnisi
'No need to replace Eto'o'

I

f we sign Gignac, we might as well immediately send him onward to Crystal Palace.

dr soccer
Who Are The Best Summer Freebies?

Footer 365

Premier League: Costa loses appeal against FA charge and gets three-match ban

Diego Costa has lost his appeal against an FA violent conduct charge and will start a three-match ban against Man City.

Sinclair joins Aston Villa on a season-long loan from Manchester City

Scott Sinclair has joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan from Manchester City, with a view to a permanent move.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger convinced new signing Gabriel will be a hit at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger says new signing Gabriel ticks all the boxes when it comes to coping with the demands of English football.

Mail Box

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

It's A Massive, Big, Brilliant Mailbox

And we left lots of Suarez/Costa mails unopened. What we do have is a video of some rotten Suarez tackles and views on the future of football, Spurs, Liverpool and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company