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Ashley Cole Retires From International Football

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Ashley Cole has decided to quite international football after being advised he would not be in England's World Cup squad for Brazil.

Mike Hewitt

Ashley Cole has been a great servant to his country, however his international retirement confirms that Luke Shaw will be going to the World Cup. A decision that will be met with many happy English faces.

Ashley commented:

"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," said Cole.

"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," Cole added on Twitter.

"[Leighton] Baines and Shaw are great players, proved this season, and are the future of this country, it was a pleasure to get 107 caps.

"Like me or not, trust me it's hurt me to stop playing for my country #proud and #honoured."

Cole made his debut for England in 2001 against Albania and went on to make 107 international appearances. Cole who has been widely considered to be one of the best left-backs in the World over the last decade has struggled for playing time at Chelsea, with boss Jose Mourinho preferring to use natural right-back Cesar Azpilicueta at left back.

It's no surprise to hear that Luke Shaw got the nod over Cole, the young Southampton full-back has made 38 appearances this season and made his England debut recently. A polarizing figure Cole has not always had the best relationship with England fans, however nobody can deny his commitment once he pulled on the England shirt.

Cole failed to register a goal with England, however he did earn his 100th cap as England defeated Brazil at Wembley on the 6th of February 2013. We wish Ashley all the best for the future and thank him for his contributions to the England national team.