Forest legend Pearce: Chelsea fullback Cole best in world

England U21 coach Stuart Pearce says revelations over his private life won't affect Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole's form.

England U21 coach Stuart Pearce says revelations over his private life won't affect Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole's form.

As a former left-back of some repute himself, Nottingham Forest legend Pearce has no hesitation delivering the ultimate accolade.

"I have never been a great lover of trawling through the media for personal stories about people. My interest is football and Ashley Cole is the best left-back that has ever represented England by a million miles," said Pearce.

"Arguably he is the best in the world at present and for us to lose him for the summer would be a big blow.

"He doesn't carry a lot of weight so we hope the injury heals early enough for him to get some form and fitness ahead of the World Cup."

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