COLE SET TO MAKE HISTORY

Posted on: Mon 18 Jun 2012

If, as expected, Ashley Cole plays for England against Ukraine at Euro 2012 tomorrow night, the Blues left-back will enter the record books by becoming the most capped England player in tournament football.

Cole, who has been capped 96 times by his country, is currently level with both Peter Shilton and David Beckham on 20 appearances, and if he features in England's final group game he will edge in front of them both, while pulling further ahead of players such as Michael Owen and Gary Lineker.

The 31-year-old made his international debut in a World Cup qualifier against Albania back in 2001, and current manager Roy Hodgson paid tribute to his qualities.

'He misses very few games, either for his national team or his club team, and he always plays to a very high level,' Hodgson told theFA.com.

'It's great to hear that he's got this record to beat when he plays against Ukraine. I'm delighted for him. I think it would be wrong to take him for granted and I don't think any of us do.

'We are very much aware of his qualities and very much aware how much we need him down that left side.'