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Hodgson says Chelsea's Ashley Cole could yet play a part in the World Cup

Hodgson has largely been praised for his selected 23
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England manager Roy Hodgson has left the door open for 107-times capped Ashley Cole to represent his country again this summer, provided there is an injury to one of his selected left backs, Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw.

Hodgson, who admitted that the omission of Cole was something of great difficulty, told the press conference atbhis squad announcement regarding the Chelsea player's potential later call-up: "You would have to ask Ashley that... I would like to think so."

"If Baines suffered an injury (in the friendly against) against Peru, it would make the selection of Shaw a very bad selection. If we go through to the World CUp with Baines playing the majority of games and Shaw coming on and doing very well it makes it a very good one."

England start their campaign against Italy on June 14 in Manaus.



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