COLE SHED

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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.

Con­sis­tent

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

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