Nearly two thirds of readers back Ashley Cole to play for England in upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Despite facing an FA charge of bringing the game into disrepute after a foul-mouthed Twitter rant, readers believe the left-back should face San Marino and Poland
Nearly two thirds of readers believe Ashley Cole should be allowed play for England in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, despite his recent foul-mouthed Twitter rant directed at the Football Association.

The defender was charged by the FA after describing the football governing body as a "bunch of t****" on Twitter following the release of an independent report into John Terry's racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand which questioned Cole's evidence as a witness.

Cole deleted the comment an hour after posting, but not before it had been shared almost 20,000 times, and apologised "unreservedly" for the outburst that he claimed was "made in the heat of the moment".

FA chairman David Bernstein revealed on Tuesday morning that Cole “personally apologised” to him on Monday, meaning the decision now rests with Roy Hodgson as to the left-back’s inclusion against San Marino and Poland.

And 61.43 per cent of readers believe the matter should be forgotten and Cole should feature for his country, with 38.57% feeling the Chelsea man deserves to be left out of contention.

Cole has until 16.00BST on Thursday to respond to his charge of bringing the game into disrepute.