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Cole to get 100th cap against Brazil

England Manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed Ashley Cole will start tomorrow's game. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole will win his 100th England cap when he starts tomorrow's friendly match against Brazil at Wembley. The England Manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Cole will be in his starting line-up.

Cole will become only the 7th English player to reach the milestone behind Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115), Bobby Moore (108), Bobby Charlton (106), Billy Wright (105) and Steven Gerrard (100). However, Hogdson confirmed that Cole would not captain the team.


Cole apologises for Twitter outburst

Ashley Cole has apologised for posting an offensive Tweet about the Football Association. In a statement released by his solicitors, he said that he apologised unreservedly for his outburst, saying that the message had been posted "in the heat of the moment".

The Chelsea and England full-back had directed foul language against the FA in response to criticism of his role in the John Terry racism case. The FA commission that handed Terry a four match ban had accused Cole of discrepancies in his evidence.

Chelsea said Cole did not accept the criticism made of him by the commission. A club statement said: "Ashley co-operated at all times with the FA and stands by the evidence that he gave and does not accept the criticism that has been made."

Cole has deleted his offensive tweet, but it has already been re-tweeted more than 19,000 times.

Ashley Cole's tweet.
The offensive word in Ashley Cole's tweet has been obscured. Credit: Twitter.

Police investigate after Cole is abused on Twitter

Chelsea's Ashley Cole after his penalty had been saved during the Euro 2012 shoot-out against Italy. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation after allegedly racist comments about two England players were posted on Twitter. Chelsea's Ashley Cole and Manchester United's Ashley Young were targeted after they missed penalties in last night's Euro 2012 quarter-final.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We are aware of alleged racist comments on Twitter following last night's England game and have launched an investigation. No arrests have yet been made."


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