Frank Lampard praises 'world-class' Ashley Cole

Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole in 2011
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Frank Lampard says that Ashley Cole deserved to earn his 100th cap for England in last night's friendly victory over Brazil.

Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has heaped praise on his club and international teammate Ashley Cole.

The 32-year-old received his milestone 100th cap during last night's 2-1 victory for the Three Lions over Brazil at Wembley.

"It's a fantastic achievement," Lampard told Chelsea's official website. "He's been an unbelievably consistent performer both for club and country, and he started all of those games which makes it all the more incredible.

"The consistency levels he's shown, particularly when you consider Leighton Baines has been around for a while now, have been great. For me, he's been one of the best in the world, and to be the first full-back to reach 100 caps is brilliant."

Meanwhile, reports have claimed that Lampard has begun contract talks with the Blues, despite suggestions that he would leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Ashley Cole shouting from the bench
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