While Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw have been in excellent form for their respective clubs, veteran Cole has largely been sitting on the Blues’ bench and not been given the chance to play.
As such, many are touting that the 100-cap international veteran may well not be part of Hodgson’s contingent for the World Cup in Brazil.
Cole has spoken out about the speculation, admitting that he believes that people want him to fail – but that he is defiant in the face of this.
“There was probably a lot of pressure on me to fight for my England spot,” Cole told beIN SPORTS.
“Maybe not just my starting spot even - just to get on the plane. I think everyone wanted me to fail, to be honest.
“I think real football fans understand what I bring to a team and what I give to a team and if I do make it on the plane hopefully people can see that.
“But ultimately most people wanted me to fail in Madrid last week, for sure.
“Maybe people have seen me play for 13 years for my country and have probably had enough of it.
“You look at the players and you have Baines who is playing brilliant and young Luke Shaw who has done amazing this season so I don’t blame them, they’ve got reasons to, but like I said in my Nike ad - I’m not done yet.”
With only two places on the plane for left-backs, it is set to be very interesting just who Hodgson selects to take to Brazil.
Baines has been first choice for the Three Lions of late and looks assured a place in the squad, and as such it could be a battle between Cole’s experience and Shaw’s promise.