February 7, 2013 5:49 AM EST
Ashley Cole's England Career in Images
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole will have plenty of celebrate tonight when he wins his 100th England cap in a glamour friendly against Brazil at Wembley Stadium.
Cole becomes just the seventh Englishman to reach this landmark and he has done it the hard way but starting every single one of his 99 caps to date.
Below we look at the images that have defined Cole's career in an England shirt, from his first appearance at a major championships in 2002 to missing a penalty at Euro 2012.
Ashley Cole posing two months before his England debut.
Andy, Joe and Ashley Cole (LtoR) pose for photographers before training at Villa Park, Birmingham February 26, 2001. Ashley would make his England debut against Albania two months after this photo was taken.
Cole in action at the 2002 World Cup.
Ashley Cole is helped off the pitch at the 2002 World Cup. This is where the left-back would begin to make his name as one of the best defenders in the country.
Ashley Cole and Cristiano Ronaldo
Ashley Cole holds off Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo) in their Euro 2004 quarter-final. The then Arsenal defender was praised for his ability to cope with the Manchester United star.
Ashley Cole celebrates with David Beckham
David Beckham celebrates his goal against Ecuador with Ashley Cole during their second round World Cup 2006 match in Stuttgart on June 25, 2006
Ashley Cole attempts to hold off Portuguese legend Luis Figo
Portugal's Luis Figo shields the ball fromAshley Cole during their World Cup 2006 quarter-final soccer match in Gelsenkirchen on July 1, 2006.
Ashley Cole attempts to stop Mesut Ozil scoring at the 2010 World Cup
Ashley Cole fights for the ball with Germany's Mesut Ozil during the 2010 World Cup second round match at Free State stadium in Bloemfontein on June 27, 2010.
Ashley Cole looks to the heavens as England edge past Ukraine with a 1-0 victory
Ashley Cole reacts during England's Group D Euro 2012 match against Ukraine at Donbass Arena in Donetsk on June 19, 2012.
Ashley Cole is comforted after missing a penalty against Italy
England's assistant coach Gary Neville comforts Ashley Cole after England are knocked out of Euro 2012 following a penalty shoot-out against Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on June 24, 2012.
Ashley Cole poses with his special shirt as he prepares to win his 100th cap
Ashley Cole will become the seventh England player to reach 100 caps when he appears against Brazil on Wednesday night.