England and Chelsea FC left back, Ashley Cole has announced his retirement from international football after being left out of England's 23-man squad for the World Cup.
The 33-year-old was in direct competition with Southampton's 18-year-old left-back Luke Shaw, who is reportedly on the verge of sealing a move to Manchester United, as the understudy to first-choice Leighton Baines.
A lack of first-team football at club level, where he had lost his place to Cesar Azpilicueta, had put his place under threat and how Hodgson has decided to look to the future. continue....
"I got the call from Roy and agree the England team should be about the young players," Cole said. "I think it best I retire from the England team now. We have a great manager and team and I wish them only success. I will be supporting them like a true fan. Thanks to everyone for everything. Baines and Shaw are great players, as proved this season, and are the future of this country. It was a pleasure to get 107 caps."
Talking about his retirement, Roy Hodgson descibed him as a great footballer and an outstanding professional.
"In two years working with him has shown nothing but relentless professionalism, and a great hunger to play for England. He is someone I have the utmost respect for and I wished him all the best"
"Of course I must respect his decision to retire, he has been one of England's finest players, but I want to look to the future. It has been one of the hardest decisions of my career." Hodgson said.
Wish him all the best.
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