England will exceed expectations in Brazil

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Is this Chelsea star ‘unlucky’ not to be picked?

Date: 12th May 2014 at 6:47pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Upon the announcement of Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad this afternoon, there was one notable, controversial omission - Chelsea's Ashley Cole. In fact, the news had broke yesterday evening that the Three Lions centurion wouldn't make Hodgson's cut for the tournament in Brazil, instead favouring Southampton prodigy Luke Shaw as deputy to first-choice left-back Leighton Baines. Accordingly, the 33 year-old declined to be included on England's stand-by list, and through his favoured medium of Twitter, announced that he would be retiring from international football. There's little place for the notion of misfortune in the beautiful game. Being a seven-time FA Cup winner and three-time Premier League title holder, the Blues defender would certainly be willing to vouch for that. But all things considered, Cole can count himself tremendously unlucky to not find himself Rio-bound this summer. Admittedly, the current campaign has been arguably the stalest of the former England star's career. Although his form has been as repetitively consistent as ever, it's not been able to hold a candle to that of fellow Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta. Transformed from an adventurous right-back into one ... Read More

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