Hodgson warns Chelsea fullback Cole England place no longer guaranteed

England coach Roy Hodgson has warned Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole his first-choice status is under threat.

England coach Roy Hodgson has warned Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole his first-choice status is under threat.

After being rested for Friday's one-sided romp against San Marino, Cole will return to win his 99th cap tonight as England take on Poland in Warsaw's National Stadium.

"Ashley is still a fantastic player," England manager Roy Hodgson said. "We are lucky though, because Ashley was regarded as the only left-back in England for many years.

"Now we have Leighton Baines, who will always push him, and some interesting younger left-backs like Kieran Gibbs and Ryan Bertrand.

"It's been a problem position in many of the countries I've worked, but we are very well off, which is encouraging because, if anything, the importance of their role has increased."

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