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Arsenal legend Samson backing Chelsea's Cole for World Cup

Arsenal legend Kenny Samson feels Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole should be going to Brazil with England's World Cup squad.

The 33-year-old has lost his place in the Chelsea team this season and must wait to find if that has cost him a place in Roy Hodgson's squad.

"Ashley hasn't played that much this season and I feel maybe he's started to doubt himself for the first time since he was very young," Sansom told the Daily Mail. "The flip side is that he might be fresher and well rested.

"Leighton Baines is a better crosser, no doubt in my mind, and he can be dangerous from a free-kick. Set pieces and crosses can be so important in big matches, when it's tense. He's also comfortable taking a penalty. I'm not sure if Ashley is after missing the last one."

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