Spare me the ‘classy’ Ashley Cole comments, his retirement has let England down

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Hung up his international boots: Chelsea defender Ashley Cole (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Having bowed out of international football following Roy Hodgson’s decision to exclude him from England’s 23-man World Cup party, I’ve seen lots of words describing Ashley Cole.

Classy. Legend. Incredible servant.

I’d tend to go more with ‘disgrace’.

Put simply, he’s put his own ego and pride ahead of the need of the country.

Has he been an incredible servant to England? 107 caps don’t lie…

Has he been one of the best, if not the best, England left-back of all time? Absolutely…

But this just makes it all the more hard to digest that he should choose to turn his back on his country at such a crucial time.

Should Leighton Baines or Luke Shaw get injured, England deserve to have their third-best option available to them.

That option, in the manager’s eyes anyway, is Ashley Cole.

Yes, you…

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