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Cole set for 100th cap as England name squad for Brazil

Chelsea soccer player Ashley Cole attends the New York Knicks NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons at the 02 Arena in London January 17, 2013. — Reuters picChelsea soccer player Ashley Cole attends the New York Knicks NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons at the 02 Arena in London January 17, 2013. — Reuters picLONDON, Jan 31 — Chelsea left back Ashley Cole is in line to win his 100th England cap after being named in manager Roy Hodgson’s 24-man squad today for next week’s friendly against Brazil.

Cole returns after missing England’s last game, a 4-2 defeat by Sweden in November, through injury.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is also back in the squad for the first time in almost a year and Everton midfielder Leon Osman, a surprise inclusion for Sweden, retains his place.

England play Brazil at Wembley yesterday ahead of World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro in March. — Reuters

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