Chelsea star retains England place

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Ashley Cole will not be dropped from the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland after speaking to Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson.

Cole created controversy on Friday afternoon when he responded to the Football Association findings on the John Terry case by posting a foul-mouthed rant about English football's governing body on Twitter.

The Chelsea left-back was included in Hodgson's squad for the qualifiers commencing next week, and will retain his place after speaking to his manager to clarify his comments about the FA.

Cole saw the strength of his word questioned when the Independent Panel released papers detailing the case and, in the aftermath, tweeted: "Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFTWATS”.

The post was retweeted over 20,000 times by other users before the 31-year-old deleted it and offered his sincere apologies for the comment via his solicitors.

"I had just finished training and saw the captions on the TV screens in the treatment rooms about what was said in the FA commission ruling about me," it read.

"I was really upset and tweeted my feelings in the heat of the moment. I apologise unreservedly for my comment about the FA."

Cole is a veteran of 98 England appearances and was expected to be honoured by the FA when completing his century in the next two fixtures.

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