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Chelsea's Cahill ruled out of England game

Chelsea's Gary Cahill will miss the San Marino game on Friday. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

England's defensive injury crisis worsened as it was revealed that Chelsea's Gary Cahill will not be available for Friday's World Cup qualifier against San Marino. The defender picked up an injury during Chelsea's match on Sunday. Newcastle's Steven Taylor has been called up instead.

Cahill has not yet been ruled out of the team for the crucial match against Montenegro on Tuesday. The England manager Roy Hodgson already faces a selection dilemma after fellow defenders Rio Ferdinand and Michael Dawson had to pull out of the England squad this week.

Wilshere to miss England qualifiers

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere will miss the matches over the next three weeks. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that midfielder Jack Wilshere will not play for the next three weeks because of an ankle injury. That means he will miss England's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro at the end of March.


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.

Brazil come to Barnet

Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari (right) is in charge of the Brazilian team. Credit: ITN

The Brazilian football team has been preparing at Barnet's training ground ahead of the friendly against England tomorrow. The squad includes veteran player Ronaldinho, who helped knock England out of the 2002 World Cup, and Chelsea's midfielder Oscar.

QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar alongside World Cup winner Ronaldinho. Credit: ITN


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."

Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to be dropped for Sweden game

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played in England's first Euro 2012 game against France. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks to be on the bench tonight for England's second Euro 2012 game against Sweden. The 18 year-old started the last match against France but it appears he will be dropped to allow Liverpool striker Andy Carroll to come into the team instead.

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