Daily Talking Point Debate: Should Luke Shaw or Ashley Cole Go to Brazil?

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Daily Talking Point Debate: Should Luke Shaw or Ashley Cole Go to Brazil?
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Wednesday's newspapers are, somewhat predictably, filled with stories surrounding England's international friendly against Denmark—the final match before Roy Hodgson names his preliminary squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

The game at Wembley on Wednesday is expected to see Southampton teenager Luke Shaw receive his first cap, with some papers even suggesting he could ultimately oust 106-cap veteran Ashley Cole to go to Brazil as the Three Lions' back-up left-back.

Cole has not been playing much first-team football recently, with Cesar Azpilicueta keeping him out of the Chelsea lineup, raising questions about his international spot in the process.

"The two I need to look at in an England shirt are Ashley and Luke," Hodgson told reporters on Tuesday.

Captain Steven Gerrard added: "If you're a winner you want to play so I'm sure Ashley is frustrated, but he's working to get back in the Chelsea team.

"He's never let the country down and has always been a very consistent player."

If Leighton Baines is already (barring injury) on the plane to Brazil—and, considering Hodgson does not feel the need to see the Everton man play against the Danes, he must be—then which of the two others should go with him?

Do you select Shaw, who has enjoyed an impressive season playing regularly with Southampton and clearly has an illustrious career ahead of him? Or do you go with Cole, who has not played much in recent months but is one of the most experienced heads Hodgson can call upon?


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By the looks of it, no matter who gets the ticket, Baines is going to be the first choice and for that reason I don't think it matters who gets picked...
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Personally i think we should be blooding young promising players in this World Cup. Players like Shaw and Barkley need to experience what its like to ...
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Cole hasn't played since January. He's had a stellar England career but right now Baines is better than him and is now our No.1 Left Back and Shaw is ...
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Shaw - We aint gonna win in Brazil, but building team cohesion between our youngest stars may see us lose on penalties in a final for a change.
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