Roy Hodgson: 'Injury ended Ashley Cole occasion'

Ashley Cole shouting from the bench
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Roy Hodgson said that Ashley Cole's 100th cap for England was ended early due to a hamstring injury.

England manager Roy Hodgson has cited injury as the reason for the abrupt end to Ashley Cole's 100th game for his country.

The Three Lions enjoyed a 2-1 win over Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday, thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

The match also marked the Chelsea defender's ton of caps for the national side, but Hodgson insists that he was not intending to replace the left-back at the break.

"He was injured, he was feeling his hamstring," said Hodgson.

"He was having treatment during the half-time interval and would have soldiered on, but he was clearly suffering.

"I'm very much aware that the match came in a busy time for the Premier League teams, so I didn't want to take any chances."

Cole made his England debut against Albania in March 2001.

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