After earning over 100 caps for England, Ashley Cole has finally accepted the captain's armband for the friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night.
The left-back has been one of England's most consistent performers for over a decade, but his career has not been without controversy.
Cole was fined in October 2012 by the FA for comments on Twitter related to the John Terry racism case, having given evidence to the independent commission.
The Chelsea defender also allegedly fired an air rifle at an intern at the club's Cobham training ground in 2011.
There had also been some confusion as to whether or not Cole had actually accepted the captaincy following comments from England boss Roy Hodgson.
"Frank [Lampard] and I are happy that [Cole] will lead the team out but Frank still remains the captain of the team," he said, before later clarifying the situation.
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