Posted January 31, 2013 on
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Ashley Cole is in line to make his 100th England appearance on Wednesday in a friendly against Brazil at Wembley Stadium.
The 32-year-old Chelsea defender was named by coach Roy Hodgson in a 24-man squad after missing the last match in Sweden in November through injury.
Everton midfielder Leon Osman has retained his place after impressing in Stockholm where England lost 4-2 in a late collapse.
The only goalkeepers in the squad are Manchester City's Joe Hart and Birmingham's Jack Butland after injuries restricted Hodgson's options.
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is back for the first time in a year.
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Easily one of the most consistent England National players over the last decade, Ashley Cole is suddenly hearing calls for his phasing out as the Three Lions’ first choice left back.
The only thing is, he’s done absolutely nothing to deserve a demotion. Over the past year we’ve seen him feature positively in England’s recent Euro run and maintain an unrelentingly steady form...
Ashley Cole is in line to become the seventh player to win 100 England caps after being named in Roy Hodgson's squad for next week's friendly with Brazil at Wembley.
Cole was part of a strong 24-man squad, with youngsters Raheem Sterling, Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Zaha all excluded as expected.
The most notable exclusion was Tottenham 's Scott Parker, now fit again...