Chelsea left-back Cole currently has 98 caps and England’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino at Wembley on Friday and Poland away the following Tuesday provide both the player and England with the possibility of a much-needed ‘good news’ story.
Cole certainly needs one after posting an ill-advised and foul-mouthed tweet criticising the Football Association for questioning the integrity of his evidence in the disciplinary hearing that ended with Chelsea teammate John Terry found guilty of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.
He has since apologised for his comments.
It is believed Hodgson has told Cole he remains in his plans.
“What is more worthy of consideration is the fact that Ashley, at a relatively young age and with more football left in him, is likely to get his 100th cap very soon — and that is fantastic,” Hodgson said.