• Manager wants England fans to give Cole 'credit he deserves'
• Full-back reaches milestone in friendly against Brazil
Roy Hodgson wants England's supporters to identify Ashley Cole for special acclaim and recognise him for his ability, rather than his reputation for controversy, when he joins the small and exclusive group of footballers to win 100 caps for the national team.
Cole will become the seventh member of the 100 Club in Wednesday's friendly against Brazil and Hodgson hopes that the Wembley crowd will mark the occasion fittingly, regardless of the various incidents that have damaged the Chelsea player's public standing.
"I am expecting people to give him the credit he deserves," the England manager said. "If his reputation is this, that or the other, hopefully it will be forgotten on Wednesday.
"Reaching 100 matches is an incredible milestone and he deserves an enormous pat on the back.
"Hopefully he will celebrate his 100 games in the same way Steven Gerrard was able to against Sweden. It goes to show how consistent he is as a performer. He is a two-club man. He is not a player that has flitted from club to club to get a slightly better contract. He has dedicated his time to Arsenal and then Chelsea. I am looking forward to congratulating him."
Aware that Cole is a divisive figure, Hodgson went on to praise the left-back for his professionalism.
"I can judge him only over the last nine months. He has been a pleasure to work with and a really good professional. Reputations are forged in different ways but I judge people on how I find them. He is a very serious footballer and a very nice person to deal with. He is a shy person. He prefers his football to do the talking. He is quite happy for people to judge him on his football.
"Unfortunately, with the profile players have, they will be judged in other areas. That doesn't affect me. Hopefully it won't affect him on Wednesday."
Hodgson has kept the Everton midfielder Leon Osman in his squad while, as expected, freeing up Manchester United's new signing, Wilfried Zaha, and the Liverpool duo of Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey to play for the Under-21s against Sweden in Walsall on Tuesday, with a view to preparing for this summer's European Championships.
That has led to concerns about over-exerting Sterling in his breakthrough season but Hodgson said he did not consider it a big issue. "The Under-21 tournament finishes in the middle of June. I don't think the Premier League kicks off again until the middle of August.
"Two months is a long time. Quite a lot of people in normal jobs wouldn't mind two months off not having any real pressure to perform."
Chris Smalling has been called up for the first time in Hodgson's tenure, at the expense of his Manchester United team-mate Phil Jones. The most notable absentees are Gareth Barry of Manchester City and Tottenham's Scott Parker.
Hodgson confirmed that Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would not be involved with the Under-21s this summer and he also backed Frank Lampard, currently on 93 caps, to reach his own century. "He comes into the same category [as Cole and Gerrard]. He has been a consistent performer for club and country. He has a great footballing brain.
"We missed him during the Euros. If he stays as fit as he is at the moment – his levels have not deteriorated for many years – what is to stop him playing those remaining seven matches?"