Poll: Should Ashley Cole be allowed to play for England?

The left-back has been charged with misconduct by the FA for his Twitter outburst, but should the governing body let him represent his country in their World Cup qualifiers?

Following the news that the Football Association has charged Chelsea defender Ashley Cole with misconduct, should he be allowed to play for England in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland?

The defender was charged by the FA after stating on Twitter that they were a "bunch of t****" after the Independent Regulatory Commission into John Terry's racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand 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".

The FA stated: "Chelsea FC's Ashley Cole has been charged by The FA in relation to a Twitter comment which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

"Cole has until 4pm on Thursday 11 October 2012 to repsond to the charge."

But should a player that brings the game into disrepute be allowed to represent their country?


Should Ashley Cole be allowed to play against San Marino and Poland after being charged by the FA? Let us know your opinion by voting in our poll, leaving a comment below, and getting in touch via Facebook and Twitter.