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World Cup 2014 squads: the biggest omissions

By Francis Whittaker Slide 1 of 10

Ashley Cole (England)

The preliminary 30-man World Cup squads have been officially submitted to FIFA, and there have been some surprising, big-name omissions across the world.England’s stalwart left-back Ashley Cole is perhaps the biggest. Thirty-three-year-old Cole had been one of the first names on the England team sheet for well over a decade since making his international debut in 2001.However, he has not been a regular in the Chelsea side this season, which has helped Everton’s in-form Leighton Baines make the England left back berth his own. The emergence of exciting, 18-year-old Southampton prospect Luke Shaw confirmed Cole’s consignment to the international scrap heap, with the former Arsenal man announcing his retirement from the England team upon his omission after 107 appearances.Click or swipe for more big-name exclusions from World Cup 2014 squads.
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