Warnock - Gibbs to succeed Cole
Stephen Warnock sees Kieran Gibbs as the ideal replacement for Ashley Cole as England left-back.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 04/11/10 2:15pm
Stephen Warnock believes Kieran Gibbs will succeed Ashley Cole as England left-back - rather than himself.
Fabio Capello preferred Warnock to Everton's Leighton Baines as back-up to Cole at the World Cup and the Aston Villa defender was named in the squad for last month's Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro at Wembley.
Cole, 29, played that game to move level with Kenny Sansom as England's most capped full-back on 86 caps.
Warnock, 28, made his England debut as a substitute in the friendly against Trinidad & Tobago in May 2008 and still shares the record for the shortest England career - just eight minutes.
Gibbs, though, was handed his debut in the friendly against Hungary in August and Warnock accepts the 21-year-old Arsenal left-back is the better long-term option.
"Kieran was injured for the last (England) get-together but I know how highly thought of he is within the set-up and by the players," he said.
"He is a fantastic talent and he will take over from Ashley Cole in the long run.
"He's a player in the same mould as Ashley and he will be an ideal replacement."
Warnock insists he will continue to make himself available for the national team but expects to be behind Gibbs in Capello's thinking.
"I'm not ruling myself out but, when you see that type of player coming through, you have to hold your hands up and say there's going to be a better player in front of you," he said.
"I don't know whether that's now or in the next couple of years. That's not my choice to make. But Kieran is more than capable of playing at that level.
"But you never know what might happen. A lot of people didn't give me a chance of going to the World Cup because they thought Leighton Baines would go."