The Football Association has tonight (Monday) released the following statement.

It reads:

‘Ashley Cole has withdrawn from the England squad due to injury.

‘The Chelsea defender will be unavailable for the World Cup qualifier with Montenegro at Wembley on Friday, remaining with his club for further treatment.

‘Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has been added to Roy Hodgson’s squad.’

Cole was substituted in the second half of Sunday’s game at Norwich with what Jose Mourinho reported afterwards was a rib injury.

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