Manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that he is planning to name the 31-year-old in his team to face the 2014 World Cup hosts in a glamour friendly at Wembley on Wednesday.
However, the England coach has warned the Blues left-back that his place in the starting line-up is no longer guaranteed due to a combination of factors including his age and the emergence of Leighton Baines as a genuine alternative.
Cole has been a virtual ever-present for the Three Lions since making his debut for his country back in 2001 and he is still widely regarded as one of the best full-back in the world, but his rival from Everton is also making a strong case for his inclusion on a regular basis.
Hodgson said: "If Ashley is fit he will play on Wednesday and get his 100th cap.
"But there will come a time when both are fit for an important match and I will have to disappoint one of them.
"They will just have to fight it out and I'm sure the competition between them will be fierce.
"Then I'll have to make a decision.
"Leighton proved himself to me during the Euros and since then when he's played a couple of games in Ashley's absence."