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England boss Hodgson confirms Chelsea's Cole to make 100th international appearance

England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Ashley Cole will start in Wednesday's friendly with Brazil at Wembley.

The Chelsea left-back is set to make his 100th senior international appearance for the Three Lions and although Hodgson defined that, he insisted that captain Steven Gerrard would still lead the team out onto the hallowed London turf.

"Yes he will. He'll start the game, then I'll have to see what to do with Leighton (Baines), who has been doing very well. Ashley will definitely start," said Hodgson.

"I don't see any reason why the captain should let anyone else lead the team out.

"Ashley does his talking and work on the field and I don't think he's ever pushed himself forward during his 100 appearances as a potential captain of the team.

"I think he's just very happy to be a key player in the team so I'm pretty certain he won't be trying to rip the armband off Steven on Wednesday."

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