Friedel slams Hoddle`s Cole criticism
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hoddle famously claimed Cole required seven chances to score while he was at the Three Lions helm.
Cole's international career suffered as a result and he has never established himself in the England set-up, despite being second in the all-time Premiership top scorer list.
After Cole took his Rovers tally for the season to 11 with a brace in Saturday's FA Cup draw with Sunderland, Friedel launched a staunch defence of the 31-year-old.
The American goalkeeper insists Cole's record speaks for itself and slammed Spurs manager Hoddle for his castigation of the ex-Manchester United hot shot.
"I'm sorry but I just don't buy what Hoddle said about Andy," stated Friedel.
"I'm not a statistician but I can't see Andy Cole being far off the very best - in all categories.
"I think there must have been something else going on there because that was a spiteful comment. Andy's record speaks for itself. I can't see that anybody can question Andy Cole ever."