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Hodgson impressed by Cole

Hodgson impressed by Cole (©GettyImages)
Hodgson impressed by Cole (©GettyImages).

Roy Hodgson accepts he cannot change the negative public perception of Ashley Cole - but he has no intention of paying any attention to it.

Hodgson has already decided Cole will join a select band by becoming only the seventh England player to reach 100 caps in Wednesday's Wembley friendly with Brazil. But unlike David Beckham, Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton, three of the notable group, there is little public affection for Cole, who has been jeered by England supporters in the past.

"These are things that occurred in the distant past when I wasn't even in the country," said Hodgson. "And if I had been I wouldn't have been hanging on every word. The media have a lot of power and that does have an effect on people. It's a fact of life. If Ashley has had that treatment neither him or I can do anything about it."

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