Cole a fantastic servant - Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson describes Ashley Cole as "a fantastic servant" whilst announcing that the left-back will captain his country against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on Wednesday.

Cole is being given the honour as a reward for becoming only the seventh Englishman to collect a century of caps, a landmark reached in February against Brazil.

Hodgson says it is a "great opportunity" for the two nations' fans to unite after the last meeting between the two sides was abandoned in 1995 because of violence in the stands.

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