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Cameron jokes about Cole omission from World Cup

David Cameron and Boris Johnson play table football in Harrow Credit: ITN

During a game of table football at the skills centre in Harrow, Mr Cameron made a cheeky reference to Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole after it was confirmed the veteran left-back had been left out of England's World Cup squad.

"That was the Ashley Cole special," he quipped after the Mayor scored an own goal while in control of the blue team's defence.

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Hodgson to name England World Cup squad at 2pm

Roy Hodgson is expected to name a youthful World Cup squad for next month's tournament. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

England manager Roy Hodgson will this afternoon name his 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, plus the seven players he wants on standby for the tournament in case of injury.

ITV News will stream the news conference live online as he makes the announcement at 2pm.

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Ashley Cole retires from international football

England and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has tweeted his retirement from the national team, following reports that England manager Roy Hodgson would leave him out of his squad for the forthcoming World Cup.

Cole said the England team "should be about the young players", adding: "I think it best I retire from England team now."

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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.

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