Cole starts for England in World Cup audition

Ashley Cole moved on to 107 international caps for England last night, moving him ahead of all-time top scorer Bobby Charlton, but whether he will be adding to that tally in Brazil in the summer remains unclear.

The 33 year old played the first forty-five minutes in the 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley, replaced by Southampton’s Luke Shaw at half-time.

Earlier in the week, Three Lions’ captain Steven Gerrard said that Shaw, 18, could be England’s left-back for the next ten years, but with Leighton Baines omission from Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up yesterday suggesting his place in his World Cup squad is assured, the question is whether his regular inclusion with the squad will begin now, or after the finals.

Should Cole make the cut, it would almost certainly be his international swansong, though Shaw impressed on his debut adding to shouts for him to pip the former Arsenal man to a place on the plane.

Shaw has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent months, with a bid expected to be made when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

Manchester United are also set to make an over, though with Blues reportedly the team he supports, it is they who arguably have the edge.