Hodgson confirms Ashley Cole will make 100th England appearance against Brazil

The Chelsea left back will mark a century of international caps with the Three Lions by starting in Wednesday's friendly clash with the Selecao at Wembley Stadium.
England boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Ashley Cole will win his 100th international cap by starting against Brazil.

The Chelsea defender, who made his debut in 2001, will mark a century of appearances for the Three Lions during Wednesday evening's friendly. Hodgson confirmed that the 32-year-old will feature in the starting XI at Wembley, but he revealed that he will not take the captain's armband from Steven Gerrard for the game.

"Ashley Cole will start, and it is great he will be able to go out together with Steven Gerrard, who played his 100th game against Sweden," Hodgson told The FA's official website. "Ashley will start the game and then we will see what can be done with Leighton [Baines], who has done very well in his absence. They are both exceptional players, but certainly Ashley will start."

Gerrard praised Cole ahead of the landmark accomplishment as well, telling The FA's site that, "If I look at players throughout my career he has been the most consistent players in an England shirt and at times has proved he is one of the best left backs in the world."

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