Cole to join England 100 club

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ASHLEY Cole will become only the seventh player to win 100 caps for England when he lines up against Brazil in tonight's friendly at Wembley.

Cole has been selected in Roy Hodgson's starting XI for the game, which will serve as a warm-up for next month's World Cup qualifiers in San Marino and Montenegro.

The Chelsea full-back will form part of a back four that will also include Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling.

Steven Gerrard skippers the side in midfield, and will make a rare appearance alongside Arsenal's Jack Wilshere.

Danny Welbeck is expected to play the central role in attack, with Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott on either side of him.

ENGLAND (4-3-3): Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Smalling, Johnson; Cleverley, Wilshere, Gerrard; Rooney, Welbeck, Walcott.

Subs: Butland (gk), Walker, Baines, Lescott, Milner, Lampard, Osman, Lennon, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

BRAZIL (4-2-3-1): Cesar; Alves, Dante, Luiz, Adriano; Paulinho, Ramires; Ronaldinho, Neymar, Oscar; Fabiano.

Subs: Diego Alves (gk), Luis, Castan, Miranda, Arouca, Jean, Lucas, Fred, Hulk.

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