England coach Roy Hodgson has confirmed Ashley Cole will start Wednesday's friendly against Brazil and earn his 100th cap.
The Chelsea left-back will become the seventh player to make 100 England appearances, following in the footsteps of Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115), Bobby Moore (108), Bobby Charlton (106), Billy Wright (105) and Steven Gerrard (100).
Asked if Cole would start, Hodgson told reporters: "Yes he will. He'll start the game, then I'll have to see what to do with Leighton (Baines), who has been doing very well. Ashley will definitely start."
Hodgson did, however, rule out the possibility of Cole leading the side out at Wembley on Wednesday in place of captain Gerrard, who made his 100th appearance for England in last November's friendly with Sweden.
Hodgson said: "I don't see any reason why the captain should let anyone else lead the team out. Ashley does his talking and work on the field and I don't think he's e...