The First to Do So!
It`s something I`ve harped on about before but something I`ll continue to harp on about until the deed is done.
Having tugged his fore-lock and offered the required apology to David Bernstein, Ashley Cole looks set to pick up cap number 99 against San Marino on Friday evening, meaning that barring injury, Cole will reach the historic milestone of 100 caps against Poland, although we should point out that we`ve been down this route before.
But although Cole will (hopefully) be joining an exclusive club he does so on extraordinary grounds. Ashley will become that rarity that has not only reached 100 caps but will also have started all those 100 games.
Last night, as the row rumbled on and the hacks tried to generate more dirt, the subject of captaining the side on this historic occasion was broached. It was inferred by some that Ashley, following recent events, will not be awarded the captaincy, thereby becoming the first England player to reach 100 caps without captaining the side.
Personally, with Ashley never seeming to want to take the armband and the ensuing responsibility that comes with it, I'd imagine that suits him down to the ground!