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Cole set for 100th England cap

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Latest Football News | Friday February 1 2013 9:44

Cole set for 100th England cap


Ashley Cole is poised to become the seventh player to win 100 England caps after being named on Thursday in Roy Hodgson's squad for next week's friendly with 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil at Wembley.

Cole was included in a a 24-strong squad announced by manager Hodgson but there was no place for Tottenham's Scott Parker, fit again after coming back from Euro 2012 with an achilles injury.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, who won his 100th England cap against Sweden in November, retained the captaincy and fellow experienced midfielder Frank Lampard was also included in the squad.

Midfielders Jack Wilshere, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Leon Osman were picked as well, but Raheem Sterling, Jonjo Shelvey and Manchester United new boy Wilfried Zaha all dropped down to the under-21s.

Hodgson unusually selected only two goalkeepers in Manchester City's Joe Hart and Jack Butland of Birmingham City, while Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has received his first call-up of the England manager's tenure.

England are currently second behind Montenegro in European World Cup qualifying Group H.

They were beaten 4-2 by Sweden in their last outing, the game in Stockholm where Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted all four of the hosts' goals.

Photo: Getty Images

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