Chelsea's Ashley Cole is one of the best left-backs in the world, according to England boss Fabio Capello.
Cole, 29, will equal Kenny Sansom's record for the most caps won by an England full-back when he makes his 86th international appearance in Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley.
The former Arsenal defender made his England debut in 2001 and has impressed Capello since he took the managerial reins in December 2007.
Cole, who is not the most popular of players among England supporters, has played in three World Cups and one European Championship for the Three Lions.
Problems in his personal life have led to regular criticism from the terraces, but on a professional basis Capello has nothing but praise for the left-back.
"Ashley Cole is one of the best left-backs in the world," hailed Capello.
"The number of caps he has won is not a surprise to me. Ashley is good in so many ways. He's good when he has to defend. He's really good going forward.
"He's intelligent and good with his movement. When he has the ball, no problems. He can move.
"He's good when he has to defend but also good when he gets to the box. He understands how to play a pass.
"Other players don't know what to do when they get in that position.
"But Ashley is always dangerous with his passes. He is an important player."