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Ashley Cole retires from England duty

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Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has retired from international football after being told that he would not be picked in the England squad for the 2014 World Cup.

The left-back hasn't been a regular in the Chelsea first team this season with Cesar Azpilicueta often being preferred by manager Jose Mourinho in Cole's position.

This has led to England manager Roy Hodgson choosing Everton's Leighton Baines and Southampton youngster Luke Shaw ahead of Cole to play at left-back for England in Brazil.

Cole wrote on his Twitter feed: "I got the call from Roy and agree England team should be about the young players. I think it best I retire from 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."

The former Arsenal defender won 107 caps for England after making his debut in 2001 against Albania.

Hodgson - who was at the Southampton v Manchester United game on the last day of the season - seems impressed enough by Shaw to give him the nod over Cole despite his lack of experience on the international stage.

The 33-year-old may now have to look for a new club since he is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer.

No matter what happens, Cole can look back at his international career and feel proud to know that he was not only the best left-back in the world but also the best England player over the last 10 years.

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