Ashley Cole has announced his retirement from international football after England manager Roy Hodgson made known his intentions to not select him for the World Cup squad, Daily Mail reports.
His decision came right after Hodgson personally told the Chelsea defender that he was picking Luke Shaw and Leighton Baines ahead of him in the final Three Lions roster.
Cole posted an emotional statement on his Twitter account in regards to his retirement from the England national team.
The player said: “I got the call from Roy and agree the England team should be about the young players. 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, proved this season, and are the future of this country. It was a pleasure to get 107 caps.
“Like me or not, trust me it’s hurt me to stop playing for my country.”
Upon hearing the news the England manager also managed to give a brief statement on his decision to leave out the English star.
Hodgson said: “This has been one of the hardest decisions of my career. The most important factor was speaking to Ashley prior to the announcement. He deserved to hear it directly from me and he took the news with huge grace.
“I must respect his decision to retire. He has been one of England’s finest players, but I want to look to the future.”