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Mourinho casts doubt on Cole's hopes

Jose Mourinho has cast doubt over Ashley Cole's hopes of breaking back into the Chelsea team for the title run-in, but believes the left-back will still feature for England at the World Cup.

Ashley Cole has been with Chelsea since 2006.
Ashley Cole has started just 12 Premier League games for Chelsea this season.

England coach Roy Hodgson has hinted that Cole faces a fight to secure a place in his squad for Brazil this summer unless he is playing regular first-team football, and that does not seem likely any time soon.

Southampton's highly rated 18-year-old Luke Shaw, who coincidentally has been linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer, has been tipped to go in Cole's place.

When asked whether Cole is set for a run in his side in upcoming matches, Mourinho said: "I don't know, I'm very happy with the way Cesar Azpilicueta is performing."

Cole, 33, is out of contract at the end of the season and speculation is mounting that his days at the Stamford Bridge club may be edging towards a conclusion. Mourinho earlier this month suggested a move to Major League Soccer could tempt Cole.

However, Mourinho indicated that he still believes Cole's hopes of playing in a sixth major tournament for his country could be fulfilled.

Though not mentioning his own player by name, Mourinho commented: "I cannot think in national teams at the same time as thinking about my team. There are national team managers that are very clear: they go with their players. It doesn't matter if their players are playing in the club or if they are not playing, they go with their players."


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