England World Cup selection: Left backs (2)

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Starting left-back: Ashley Cole

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Even though he is getting on a bit now, it doesn't matter when he gets on the pitch because Ashley Cole is England's best left back and is one of the best in the world.

Even at 32 he can still put in a real shift in attack and defence. 

After 106 caps, he is still goalless for his nation but in every tournament, every fixture he has ever played for England he has been above average and given he has played for England 106 times, that is not bad going. 

Don't get me wrong, Leighton Baines brings a special quality to the game that is football with his darting runs down the left-hand side and his expert set-pieces.

But, Cole's defence is immaculate, the problem with Cole now is that he is 32 and is going to start to struggle with pace and fitness but he can make up for it with brilliant defending. 

Cole has been told by his Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho that he will have to really fight for his role at Chelsea now given the form that Cesar Azpilicueta has found this season.

Cole has been battling injuries this season which has brought Kieran Gibbs into contention for a World Cup spot. 

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