The Chelsea defender made his debut in 2001 and featured for the Three Lions at five major tournaments, remaining an ever-present at left-back.
Here is the best of the Twitter reaction to Cole’s feat from professionals past and present, including some England legends.
The man of the moment himself (@TheRealAC3) thanks all the well-wishers: “Thanks to everyone that has supported me through my good times and bad times, means a lot to me #afc #cfc and crystal palace #100notout”
Former England bowler Darren Gough (@DGoughie) responds to Cole’s tweet: “@TheRealAC3 have a great game as always. Congrats on the century, plenty more in the tank I reckon.”
Cole’s Chelsea team-mate Josh McEachran (@JMcEachran20) on loan at Middlesbrough – pays his respect: “Congratulations to @TheRealAC3 for making his 100th cap tonight for England! What an achievement!”
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) pays credit to another Three Lions legend: “Congratulations to @TheRealAC3 on winning his 100th cap. One of the golden generation that always delivered in tournaments. Top player!”
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) says Cole’s off-field antics shouldn’t dilute his England achievements: “Whatever you think of Ashley Cole off the pitch shouldn’t deter the fact he is class on it… 100 caps is an unbelievable achievement.”
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) keeps it short: “RT ‘@abs_ayub: Congrats bro @TheRealAC3 well-done lad!”
Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (@morriskid) wants Cole to get the reception he deserves: “Would be a shame if Ash Cole didn’t get a good reception..no matter your opinion of him,..his performances for England can’t be questioned!! I personally think he’s England’s greatest-ever left-back by some distance!”
England batsman Kevin Pietersen (@kevinpp24) wishes one of his favourite Chelsea players well: “Congrats on the big 100 @TheRealAC3.. play well buddy!”
Finally, former England wicketkeeper Alec Stewart (@StewieCricket) is glad to see a Chelsea legend get the praise which he deserves: “Congrats and good luck to @TheRealAC3 of @chelseafc on his 100th cap v Brazil. Great achievement by one of England’s finest ever. #100notout”
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