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The Chelsea left-back, who has 107 caps for The Three Lions, retired from international duty after being left of out the World Cup squad, but the head coach is open to a U-turn

Roy Hodgson refused to rule out a return to the England team for Ashley Cole should Leighton Baines get injured before the World Cup.

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Cole was left out of Hodgson's squad for the finals in Brazil next month, with the 33-year-old immediately announcing his retirement from the international scene.

Hodgson instead opted to take the Everton defender and Southampton teenager Luke Shaw as his two left-back options, but hopes the Chelsea man may reconsider his decision to retire if Baines were to suffer injury.

"You would have to ask Ashley that [if he would come out of retirement] ... I would like to think so," he told reporters.

"Circumstances could make the decision [not to include Cole] a very good one or it could make it a very bad one.

"If Baines suffered an injury against Peru, it would make the selection of Shaw a very bad selection.

"If we go through the World Cup with Baines playing the majority of games and Shaw coming on and doing very well it makes it a very good one."