Cole left out of England squad

Wandsworth Guardian: Ashley Cole will not be going to the World Cup Ashley Cole will not be going to the World Cup

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has been left out of England's World Cup squad.

Cole has 107 caps for his country but has paid the price for failing to hold down a regular first-team place at Stamford Bridge this year.

Press Association Sport understands England manager Roy Hodgson called Cole on Sunday night to inform the left-back he would not be included in his 23-man squad, which is officially announced on Monday afternoon.

Cole's omission means it is highly likely that Southampton teenager Luke Shaw will make the trip to Brazil as back-up to first-choice left-back Leighton Baines.

Cole must now decide whether to call time an an international career that spans 13 years.

He made his international debut against Albania in 2001 and has been an ever-present in the England side since.

The 33-year-old has started every tournament game since making his finals bow in the 2002 World Cup against Sweden.

Hodgson said in March he was conscious of the fact that he would have to disappoint big names when he picked his squad and the decision to drop Cole is certainly a bold move by a manager who was once renowned for his conservative attitude towards the game.

Cole would have given a youthful-looking England squad more experience and control.

But the England manager looks set to choose Shaw instead, even though the 18-year-old only has one England cap.

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