Cole ready to bury the hatchet after backing Ferdinand for England recall
07:52 GMT, 26 September 2012
Ashley Cole is ready to call a truce with Rio Ferdinand to help England's bid to reach the 2014 World Cup finals.
The former friends fell out after Chelsea full-back Cole supported team-mate John Terry when Terry was prosecuted for allegedly racially abusing Rio’s brother Anton Ferdinand.
Brothers in arms: Ashley Cole ready to share dressing room with Rio Ferdinand
Rio was then fined 45,000 by the FA for
re-tweeting a comment which described Cole as a ‘choc ice’.
But Cole is willing to bury the hatchet and share a dressing room with Rio, aged 33, if he is recalled for for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland, reports The Sun.
England boss Roy Hodgson is considering the move following Terry’s decision to quit international football.
And Cole is sure his strained relationship with Rio could be overcome if that was considered a stumbling block.
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Cole appeared for Terry’s defence when he was cleared in court of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton.
Then Rio was fined 45,000 by the FA for re-tweeting a comment which described Cole as a ‘choc ice’ – a term claimed to mean white on the inside, black on the outside.
Cole wants to put the issue behind them, although he is again speaking up for Terry at his FA hearing this week.