LONDON (AP) — Ashley Cole's vulgar criticism of the Football Association has left him facing disciplinary action, and cast a cloud over his expected 100th England appearance this month.
England coach Roy Hodgson, though, sees the defender as "excellent professional" who remains integral to the team as he prepares to join an elite group of English centurions.
Goalkeeper Peter Shilton made a record 125 appearances, while David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Billy Wright are also members of the 100-cap club.
"We don't have that Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in England like they do in America but in those terms these people are our Hall of Famers and Ashley will join that group," Hodgson said.
But Cole's controversial tweet on Friday will have ended any prospect of him being made captain for his landmark match, which could come in the World Cup qualifier in Poland on Oct. 16 if he features first against San Marino on Friday at Wembley Stadium.
In a judgment published Friday, an FA disciplinary commission questioned the "evolving" nature of Cole's statements in defense of Chelsea teammate John Terry against a racism charge. The panel was convinced Terry hurled abuse at Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in part due to Cole's questionable testimony.
"Hahahahaa, well done (hash)fa I lied did I," Cole said along with another vulgar expression on Twitter, prompting his club to immediately launch its own disciplinary action, which is likely to result in a fine.
The FA is now set to follow with its own action, but Hodgson still recognizes Cole's importance to the England team.
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