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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Football

Cole set for 100th England cap after Brazil call
AFP
London, January 31, 2013
First Published: 20:23 IST(31/1/2013)
Last Updated: 20:24 IST(31/1/2013)

Ashley Cole is poised to become the seventh player to win 100 England caps after being named on Thursday in Roy Hodgson's squad for next week's friendly with 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil at Wembley.

Cole was included in a 24-strong squad announced by Hodgson that also features emerging talents Raheem Sterling, Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Zaha.

However, there was no place for Tottenham's Scott Parker, fit again after coming back from Euro 2012 with an Achilles injury.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, who won his 100th England cap against Sweden in November, retained the captaincy and fellow experienced midfielder Frank Lampard was also included in the squad.

England squad
Goalkeepers:
Jack Butland (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, capt), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), James Milner (Manchester City), Leon Osman (Everton), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)


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