Cole has nothing to prove
Joe Cole insists he has nothing to prove to England head coach Fabio Capello ahead of the World Cup finals.
Last Updated: 13/05/10 8:25pm
Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole insists he has nothing to prove to England head coach Fabio Capello ahead of the World Cup finals.
The 28-year-old has been named in Capello's preliminary squad, although it has been feared he could be cut when England's final 23-man squad is named.
Cole has failed to command regular first-team football with Chelsea since returning from a long-term injury and some feel his sporadic action could count against him.
However, the one-time West Ham starlet feels the Italian tactician knows what he brings to the table and is of the firm belief that his performances have aided his chances of making the final cut.
"(Capello) knows what I can do - it's hard to play as well as you would like when you are getting 20 minutes here, 30, 45 - it's difficult to show your true quality," said Cole.
"You need to feel that you are confident you are going to play and it can take time to get into the game.
"I think I've been guilty a bit because of that because of starting and thinking I might be dragged out at any minute. I've probably being trying a bit too hard at times.
"But I think the manager has seen that every time I have played I have applied myself and done well and given something for the team."
Cole feels that if anything he is as fresh as ever heading to the World Cup after making just 14 Premier League starts and 26 league appearances in total this season.
"For the last six weeks I've felt so fresh. I look round and it's been a long hard season, some of the guys have played 50 games," he continued.
"But I'm fresh and I'm ready to go and raring to go out there ... I've been there and done it at international level and I'm proud of my England career so far.
"I have always performed well at that level."