By Chris Wright
Ashley Cole has announced his retirement from international football after learning that he will not be included in England’s squad for the 2014 World Cup.
Cole said that he made the decision after being told by Roy Hodgson that he wouldn’t be going to Brazil, with Southampton’s Luke Shaw being awarded a berth in the squad in his stead, Tweeting:
“I got the call from Roy and agree the England team should be about the young players. I think it best I retire from the England team now.”
“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.
“Leighton Baines and Shaw are great players, proved this season, and are the future of this country, it was a pleasure to get 107 caps.
“Like me or not, trust me it’s hurt me to stop playing for my country #proud and #honoured.”
So, it’s 107 caps and out for Cole, who has been a fine, fine servant for his country over the years – though it’s difficult to argue with the call to leave him at home given that he’s being playing second fiddle to Cesar Azpilicueta all season at Chelsea, no?
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