Joe Cole: Euro Star

Midfield maestro hopes to return to Anfield

Last Updated: 29/05/12 12:24pm

Joe Cole told Special Report that he would relish a second chance at Liverpool.

"I'm not interested in what I've done in the game. I just want to keep on playing and if I get the chance to help England in any way, shape or form, I'd love to be out there."

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The midfielder joined the Reds on a four-year deal in the summer of 2010, but fell out of favour during his maiden season on Merseyside, making just nine Premier League starts, and spent the 2011/12 campaign on loan at French outfit Lille.

However, Cole - who won three top-flight titles during his time with Chelsea - hopes that the change of manager at Anfield will allow him to return to the club and showcase his skills.

"It's in their hands but the fire still burns for me and I would love the chance to put it right there," said the Londoner.

"I was a success at West Ham, a success at Chelsea, and I've gone to France and had a good season, but there was just that one season at Liverpool.

"You look at the amount of game time that I had and it was five minutes here, three minutes there for the six months that I was playing for Kenny [Dalglish] - but he was a good guy and he didn't lie to me.

"I wasn't in his plans but I was professional, I trained hard and worked for my chance, but it never came and it just didn't work for me.

"It might change my future [now that a new manger is coming in]. It was clear before Kenny got the sack that I wouldn't be going back there, but who knows what will happen now? I am just waiting on some kind of information."


Cole has amassed 56 England caps, the most recent coming as a substitute against Germany in the 2010 World Cup.

And despite being overlooked by new Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for this summer's European Championships, the playmaker says he still harbours ambitions to return to the international arena.

The former West Ham trainee is also planning for life after he hangs up his boots and revealed that aiding Lille's array of starlets, including Chelsea-bound Eden Hazard, has made him consider taking up coaching.

On his chances of an England recall, Cole said: "I'll always hope and I'll be sitting there at 50 years of age thinking I could probably still do it, like the old boxers that keep making comebacks. I'm 30-years-old and I feel like I'm 20.

"I'm not interested in what I've done in the game. I just want to keep on playing and if I get the chance to help England in any way, shape or form, I'd love to be out there.

"I'd love to force my way back in and pull on that shirt again. It will be a big achievement because two years out of the squad is a long time but I'll never give up."


On a potential foray into training youngsters, he added: "As my career winds down, I would maybe like to coach at the FA with the under-18s and under-21s and help the kids.

"There has been a little switch in me this season as I've never been the big-name player at a club before. But I feel like I have helped them [the Lille youngsters] by leading by example and doing extra work. I love that so I'll probably coach after I stop playing - or work at Sky!"

Cole made a big impact at Lille this term clocking up over 30 league appearances and scoring four goals, and he says he has thoroughly enjoyed his Gallic sojourn, both from a cultural and footballing perspective.

"It has opened my mind, I have learned a lot and it is something I think all young English footballers should do," said Cole. "They should experience it just to know what foreign footballers go through when they come to our country.

"In London everything is 1000 miles an hour but out here everyone is so relaxed - lunch lasts two hours, dinner lasts three - and it suits me.

"I have come out here for a new challenge and it's been good. I have got to play a lot of games in central midfield like the good old days, which I really enjoyed, and it has been a great experience."