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Stuart Pearce: 'Ashley Cole is England's best-ever left-back'

Stuart Pearce says that Ashley Cole is England's best left-back of all time, ahead of potentially winning his 100th international cap on Wednesday.

England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has labelled Ashley Cole as the "best left-back to ever play" for the country.

The Chelsea defender is expected to win his 100th international cap when the Three Lions host Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old will become only the seventh player in history to reach the landmark if selected, and Pearce believes that Cole is one of the all-time greats for England.

"In my mind, he's the best left-back that's ever played for England. That's a fact, in my eyes," said Pearce.

"To play 100 times for his country is an amazing achievement.

"It shows not just a consistency of ability, it shows a dedication to want to turn up week in, week out, month in, month out for your country."

Cole made his England debut against Albania in March 2001.

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