England defender Ashley Cole speaks about his pride at reaching 100 caps
Ashley Cole has spoken of his honour at becoming the latest player to win 100 caps for England.
The Chelsea defender reached a ton of appearances for the Three Lions in February’s win over Brazil at Wembley, the first match of The FA's 150th anniversary year.
And the 32-year-old has been reflecting on his achievement in becoming only the seventh player to reach the milestone.
He told the Green Soccer Journal: “To put on an England shirt and represent your country is a great honour, that feeling never changes.
“But the 100th game was different.
“I was a little bit overwhelmed giving interviews before the match and nervous going into it, so I probably didn’t play as well as I have for England.”
The former Arsenal left-back has since moved on to 103 caps for the Three Lions, featuring most recently in the 2-2 draw with Brazil in Rio last month.
He’s already appeared for England in three World Cups and two European Championships since his senior debut in 2001 and is hoping to help Roy Hodgson's side qualify for the 2014 Finals in Brazil.
But Cole says nothing came close to matching the pre-match feelings he had ahead of his landmark appearance, which ended in a 2-1 win over the South Americans.
Cole explained: “The nerves, seriously, it’s probably the first time I’ve been that nervous in any game, but I had a lot of fun.
“And, of course, playing against Brazil, it was a big occasion.
“The result was good and in the end you can look back and say you played 100 games for your country, and that’s an amazing achievement.”
You can read the full interview with Ashley in the latest edition of the Green Soccer Journal.
Cole and his team-mates are next in action at Wembley when they face Scotland on Wednesday 14 August. Tickets are on sale now so make sure you see the game by clicking here.