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Hodgson open to Cole return

Roy Hodgson is hopeful that Ashley Cole will come out of international retirement if Leighton Baines suffers an injury ahead of the World Cup.

Cole called time on his 13-year England career on Sunday after Hodgson informed the Chelsea player he had not been included in his 23-man squad, which was officially announced on Monday.

Hodgson instead opted to take Baines and 18-year-old Luke Shaw, who has only 45 minutes of international experience.

Cole was not named on the standby list, but Hodgson would consider drafting in the 33-year-old if Baines was ruled out of his travelling party.

Asked about that possibility, he said: "You would have to ask Ashley that...I would like to think so."

If Cole cannot be convinced to make a return then England would have to turn to Jon Flanagan, a Liverpool youngster on standby who is a natural right-back.

"Circumstances could make the decision a very good one or it could make it a very bad one," Hodgson said.

"If Baines suffered an injury (in the friendly) against Peru (on May 30), it would make the selection of Shaw a very bad selection.

"If we go through the World Cup with Baines playing the majority of games and Shaw coming on and doing very well it makes it a very good one."