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Fabio Capello: 'Ashley Cole should be England player of the year'

Fabio Capello believes that Ashley Cole should be named England player of the year, despite his off-field problems during 2012.

Former England coach Fabio Capello has said that Ashley Cole should be named England player of the year for 2012.

Cole has had a mixed year, causing controversy during the John Terry racism case by labelling the FA a "bunch of twats", and seeing his England place come under threat from Leighton Baines.

Capello, though, who was one of four former coaches to be asked, thinks that the left-back is a deserving winner.

"Ashley won the same award for his performances in 2010," said Capello.

"He is world class. He is always consistent, he has fantastic energy, incredible experience and you can rely on him in any situation. His attitude matches his ability and he gives everything for the team."

The award will be voted for by fans on the FA's website. The shortlist of players includes Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Joe Hart, Danny Welbeck and Cole.

Another former England manager Kevin Keegan chose Johnson for the award, while Sven-Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren both picked Gerrard.

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