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.
I got the call from Roy and agree England team should be about the young players. I think it best I retire from England team now. ??
Cole said the England team "should be about the young players", adding: "I think it best I retire from England team now."
We have a great manager and team and I wish them only success. I will be supporting them like a true fan. Thanks to everyone for everything
These maps show the spread of birthplaces of England's last three World Cup squads.
The Three Lions boss has largely rewarded Premier League form in a youthful-looking squad for the tournament in Brazil. See the full squad: