With the kick-off in Brazil only eight months away, Hugh Wilson looks at who will start for the Three Lions, the Chelsea man locked in competition with Leighton Baines
Chelsea's Ashley Cole has been the No.1 choice for over a decade, making his debut back in 2001.
However, in recent years, Everton's Leighton Baines has made a real claim for that position, giving Hodgson a headache over whom to choose.
Baines first featured for England back in 2010, winning two caps, before doubling that amount the next year. In the last two years, though, the Everton man has made more appearances for the national side, winning 15 caps compared to Cole's 12.
BetVictor have a special market up for who will start in that position. Ashley Cole is favourite at 1/2 (1.50), with Baines trailing at 6/4 (2.50). For those that maybe think another player will make a claim, you can back any other player at 16/1 (17.00).
With Cole turning 33 in December, it will be interesting to see whether Hodgson sticks with experience as he enters a big tournament, with the Chelsea veteran having played in a number of major international events.
Despite pressure from the media and fans to play younger stars to build for the future, Cole's previous experience over Baines in the big matches should see him start at left-back. 1/2 (1.50) may be too short for some punters but still looks the best option in this market given the current situation.
|Ashley Cole to start at left back in England's opening World Cup game at 1/2 (1.50) 1.0pt with BetVictor
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