Chelsea and England star Ashley Cole is considering retiring at the end of the season after being frozen out at Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho.

Cole is attracted by the prospect of ending a glittering 14-year career at the top by playing in next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The 33-year-old will make history by becoming the first Englishman to play in four World Cup finals - a fitting way to hang up his boots having won a clean sweep of trophies with Arsenal and Chelsea - and more than 100 caps for his country.

Cole is widely regarded as the country's best-ever left-back but has struggled to keep a place in Chelsea's line-up this season under Mourinho.

In recent weeks, he has suffered the humiliation of seeing his place taken by unsung Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Chelsea manager has already told Cole he will be on the bench for Monday night's Premier League clash against his former club Arsenal.

The defender will stay at Chelsea for the remaining six months of his £170,000-a-week contract despite fuming at his recent treatment by Mourinho. He believes he will be taken to Brazil by England manager Roy Hodgson regardless of how many games he gets for his club.