ASHLEY COLE has been snubbed for the captain’s armband despite winning his 100th cap tonight.
Only an elite band of players have clocked up three figures for the Three Lions and Chelsea star Cole will do so against Brazil at Wembley.
It’s only a friendly and the norm is for players reaching such a milestone to lead the team out.
But Steven Gerrard will skipper the side because FA bigwigs reckon Cole gets into too much trouble off the pitch to deserve the honour.
Earlier in the season, they practically accused him of lying when he gave evidence in the John Terry race row.
Manager Roy Hodgson went into diplomatic mode by claiming Cole was too shy anyway. He said: “Ashley has never pushed himself forward as potential captain.
“He is happy to be a key player in the team. I am pretty certain he won’t be trying to rip the captain’s armband off Steven.”
Cole is such a controversial character he will probably be booed by some England fans.
But Hodgson insisted: “If you are an England fan and you don’t respect and love someone for what he’s done, then that’s your problem.”
Gerrard is already a member of the hundred club, along with Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Billy
ARM STILL THE MAIN MAN: Gerrard keeps the armband against Brazil MILESTONE: Cole and Hodgson chat during an England training session at St George’s Park