5 Sep 2012

Ashley Cole set to miss opening World Cup qualifier

6:27 am on 5 September 2012

English footballer Ashley Cole will miss the chance of winning his 99th cap for England after pulling out of the opening World Cup qualifier against Moldova on Friday with a minor ankle injury.

The 31-year-old Chelsea fullback has returned to his club after reporting to England management with a slight knock following Chelsea's 4-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the European Super Cup in Monaco.

England manager Roy Hodgson is yet to decide whether or not to call up a replacement.