Hodgson to give Cole 100th cap for Brazil showcase
England manager Roy Hodgson will start Ashley Cole tonight for the friendly against Brazil at Wembley, when the player will win his 100th cap. Hodgson said that Cole, a divisive figure, deserved a good reception from the Wembley crowd tonight.
"I see no reason for England fans not giving him the credit and reception and the admiration he deserves playing his 100th game," said Hodgson. "If you are an England fan and don't respect or love someone for doing that, then that's your problem and not his."
There are no plans to make Cole captain for the occasion, as has been the case in the past because, in Hodgson's view, he has never "pushed to be a potential captain".
Jack Wilshere will also begin the game for England alongside Steven Gerrard in midfield, the Arsenal midfielder's first start for his country since June 2011.
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