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Ashley Cole quits England after World Cup axe

Cole made his international debut against Albania in 2001 and has been an England regular ever since.

London | Updated: May 13, 2014 4:47:59 pm

Agence-France-Presse & Reuters

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole announced he was retiring from international football after being told he’d been left out of England manager Roy Hodgson’s squad for the World Cup.

“I got the call from Roy and agree England team should be about the young players,” the 33-year-old Cole told his Twitter followers.

“We have a great manager and team and I wish them only success. I will be supporting them like a true fan. Thanks to everyone for everything,” the 107-times capped Cole added ahead of Hodgson’s official squad announcement.

Cole’s words indicated his failure to hold down a regular first-team spot at Chelsea this season, where he has been displaced by Spain’s Cesar Azpilicueta, had cost him his England career.

“#Baines and #shaw are great players, proved this season, and are the future of this country, it was a pleasure to get #107 caps #eng,” Cole wrote on his Twitter page.

Cole made his international debut against Albania in 2001 and has been an England regular ever since, starting every tournament game since his finals bow against Sweden at the 2002 World Cup.

Roy puts faith in youth

LUTON: Roy Hodgson has given himself the option to give England a youthful, fresh edge at the World Cup after including Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana in his provisional squad on Monday.

England squad: Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Fraser Forster; Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones; Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Jack Wilshere; Forwards: Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck;

Stand-by players: John Ruddy, Jon Flanagan, John Stones, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe.

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