Former England Manager Fabio Capello speaks about his choice for Player of the Year
has backed Ashley Cole
to pick up the England Senior Men's Player of the Year award later today.
The Chelsea full-back is one of five Three Lions star nominated for the honour
at the first-ever FA England Awards at St. George's Park
And former England Manager Capello believes Cole, who was England Player of the Year in 2010, would be the most deserved candidate for the title.
Capello said: “Ashley Cole for me would be the England Player of 2012.
"In my time as England Manager he won this same award for his performances in 2010, and he is always consistent in his output.
"He has fantastic energy, incredible experience and you can rely on him in any situation, he is world class."
Cole looks set to pick up his 100th cap for England when they meet Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday and current Manager Roy Hodgson praised the 32-year-old's attitude and application earlier this week.
And Capello agrees with Hodgson, having made him a regular selection during his time in charge of England and also seeing Cole lift the UEFA Champions League title with Chelsea last season.
He added: “His attitude matches his ability, he gives everything for the team and he was a very important player during last year.
"For him in his club form he also lifted the UEFA Champions League, yet another honour for him, but with England he was excellent. Ashley is my choice.”
The winner of England's Player Of The Year for 2012 will be announced at the England Awards 2013, held at St. George's Park on Sunday 3 February.