Chelsea's Ashley Cole set for his 100th England cap

Reuters, Thursday 31 Jan 2013

Cole set for 100th cap as England name squad for Brazil

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Chelsea's Ashley Cole, right, fights for the ball with Brentford's Clayton Donaldson, left, during their English FA Cup fourth round soccer match in London, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Chelsea left back Ashley Cole is in line to win his 100th England cap after being named in manager Roy Hodgson's 24-man squad on Thursday for next week's friendly against Brazil.

Cole returns after missing England's last game, a 4-2 defeat by Sweden in November, through injury.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is also back in the squad for the first time in almost a year and Everton midfielder Leon Osman, a surprise inclusion for Sweden, retains his place.

England play Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday ahead of World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro in March.

Squad:                                              

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Joe Hart.

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker.

Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Leon Osman, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere.

Forwards: Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck.

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