Ashley Cole set to win 100th England cap

Ashley Cole (second right) is set to win his 100th cap at Wembley. Photo: PA

A depleted England squad began their short preparations for Wednesday's friendly with Brazil at St George's Park.

With Jermain Defoe (ankle) and Michael Carrick (hip) both ruled out yesterday and Daniel Sturridge expected to miss out with a thigh injury despite reporting for duty last night, only 11 outfield players trained normally as the remainder who were in action yesterday did a warm-down session instead.

It also meant Jack Butland, a transfer deadline-day signing by Stoke who was loaned straight back to Birmingham, was the only goalkeeper involved as Manchester City's Joe Hart warmed down.

Among the 11 was Ashley Cole, who will become only the seventh England player to reach 100 caps at Wembley, following on from Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Billy Wright and Steven Gerrard.

Wayne Rooney takes on Ashley Cole in training. Credit: PA