Cole maintains ambition
Joe Cole has not given up hope of earning an England recall before Euro 2012 and has revealed his ambition to play at the Olympics.
Last Updated: 17/11/11 11:40am
Joe Cole has not given up hope of earning an England recall before Euro 2012 and has also revealed his ambition to play at the London Olympics.
The Liverpool midfielder is currently on a season-long loan at Lille in a bid to revitalise a career which had stalled through a lack of form and fitness at Anfield.
Cole's slump has seen the 56-time England international fail to play for his country since coming on as a substitute in the 2010 World Cup defeat to Germany.
But the 30-year-old has previously urged Fabio Capello to keep an eye on his progress in France and the former West Ham and Chelsea man maintains that wish.
"If the call comes, I would be very happy," he said at a press conference broadcast on Sky Sports News. "I am a proud Englishman. I love playing for my country.
"If it comes, great. If it doesn't, my main focus is to win some trophies for Lille."
Cole's patriotism also means he would consider it an honour if he was asked by Team GB boss Stuart Pearce to play at the London Olympics next summer as one of the three over-aged players who are allowed to take part in the under-23 tournament.
"I would love to play in it," said the West Ham Academy product. "I would be very excited because it is in London. It is in East London, where I started my football career.
"I love the Olympics. I have been trying to get tickets, but it is very, very hard. So, I had better play in it."