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Everyone wants me to fail, says Ashley Cole

TOP CLASS: Cole, right, put in a fine shift during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Liverpool (PA)

ENGLAND AND Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has attacked critics who he believes want him to fail and not travel to the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

The 33-year-old left-back has started the Blues’ last two games against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool which resulted in two clean sheets for the west Londoners, and put in fine performances despite a lack of first-team action this season.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has favoured Cesar Azpilicueta on the left of defence, but Cole’s recent showings have proved he remains a top-class player, capable of shutting out some of the world’s best.

Cole told publication beIn SPORTS: “There was probably a lot of pressure on me to fight for my England spot.

“Maybe not just my starting spot even - just to get on the plane. I think everyone wanted me to fail, to be honest.

“I think real football fans understand what I bring to a team and what I give to a team and if I do make it on the plane hopefully people can see that.

“But ultimately most people wanted me to fail in Madrid last week, for sure.”

He added: “Maybe people have seen me play for 13 years for my country and have probably had enough of it.

“You look at the players and you have Baines who is playing brilliantly and young Luke Shaw who has done amazing this season so I don’t blame them”.

Cole’s latest two outings have given Chelsea food for thought as the defender again demonstrated he has the fitness and ability to compete at the highest level.

The former Arsenal player’s contract expires in the summer, and the Blues and Cole would have to thrash a new deal to keep him at Stamford Bridge, with reports indicating that the club is ready to go to the negotiating table.

A potential one-year extension is on offer, but it remains to be seen if Cole wants to put pen to paper.

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