Cole not giving up hope
Joe Cole remains hopeful of earning an England recall and would like to see Harry Redknapp appointed as Fabio Capello's successor.
Last Updated: 20/04/12 9:47am
Joe Cole remains hopeful of earning a recall to the England team and would like to see Harry Redknapp appointed as Fabio Capello's successor.
Cole fell down the international pecking order during the final couple of years of Capello's reign after enduring a frustrating season with Liverpool in 2010/11.
However, he has rediscovered some form since being loaned out to Lille last summer and still has ambitions to play for his country at Euro 2012.
The midfielder believes he is well suited to French football and admits that it was actually harder to adjust to life at Anfield than it was playing across the Channel.
"When I went to Liverpool, I admit it was more of a culture shock than coming to France," Cole, who last played for England at the 2010 World Cup finals, told the Daily Telegraph.
"Unless you're going to fancy-dan places where you know you're going to be photographed, you can go around London and you get left alone.
"In Liverpool the football club is the main thing in city, so there's no escape. The people are great, don't get me wrong, lovely people, but they are at you all the time."
Cole added: "I've not given up hope of the Euros. I'm still here, doing my best, playing well. I can't do any more than I am doing. I guess it all depends on who the manager is now.
"Towards the end with Fabio Capello for whatever reason, I felt I wasn't going to get back whatever I did. There were times leading up to games when I thought I'm playing well for Lille, I deserve a recall.
"One never came. If he'd have carried on being England manager there would have been no way back for me. But now we're going to get a new manager and there's a fresh start for everyone."
Harry Redknapp remains the favourite to succeed Capello and Cole believes he is the right man for the job, having spent time with him at West Ham.
"I'd love to see Harry Redknapp as England manager. He deserves it," said the 30-year-old.
"He's never done a bad job anywhere. He knows how to deal with people. He gets teams as good as they can be.
"Don't get me wrong, I'd love to work with him again. But I think he's the man from an unselfish point of view.
"Genuinely, if Harry got the job and never picked me, I still think he's the right man. No doubt."