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Chelsea skipper Terry defends underfire Cole

Chelsea captain John Terry has defended teammate Ashley Cole over his controversial tackle and ref's row last week against Tottenham.

Sir Bobby Robson has called for Cole to be axed from the England squad, but Terry told BBC Radio: "Ashley has apologised so that matter can be left where it is at the moment. I know we are role models and we have to set examples for younger kids. That will come but we do need to calm it down a little bit, not Chelsea, the whole football environment itself.

"I don't think it has got out of hand or it is getting out of hand, it is just being publicised and being spoken about a lot more. These tackles have gone on for years in the game and have never been spoken about before. They are normally a booking and you get on with it."

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