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Chelsea's Mourinho: I want England to go to the World Cup

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he would love to see England qualify for the World Cup.

The Portuguese tactician subbed Ashley Cole out of his side's 3-1 win over Norwich City on Sunday, replacing him with Eden Hazard, as to prepare the veteran for Friday's World Cup qualifier with Montenegro.

Mourinho said Cole has been carrying a rib injury and admitted he was hoping he would be ok as the Three Lions prepare to host the Montenegrins in a vital clash at Wembley.

"He has had this little problem for quite a while, but now he has it really hard in the ribs area," he told Sky Sports.

"I didn't change him because of that, I changed him because of the options but in the end, the situation before meant it was a difficult condition.

"It is my concern because I want England to do well. I want my players to help their national team and I'll be there Friday because I would love England to go to the World Cup."

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