Ashley Cole ruled out of Poland qualifier

Reuters| Updated: Oct 13, 2013, 20:15 PM IST

London: England left back Ashley Cole has been ruled out of Tuesday`s final World Cup qualifier against Poland after failing to recover from the rib injury which forced him to miss the win over Montenegro.

The 32-year-old Chelsea defender, who has 105 international caps, was replaced by Everton`s Leighton Baines in the 4-1 victory over Montenegro on Friday.

Baines is likely to keep his place in Roy Hodgson`s lineup against Poland, whose loss to Ukraine on Friday means they are unable to qualify.

England lead Group H by a point from Ukraine and will secure automatic qualification for next year`s finals in Brazil with a win over the Poles at Wembley.