Joe Cole: 'It's our time'

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Joe Cole has revealed his displeasure at England's 'Golden Generation' tag but believes they may finally live up to it by winning the 2010 World Cup.

Midfielder Cole feels the title is undeserved given England have failed to win a major tournament with that group of players, but Cole believes this is "our time" regarding England ahead of Sunday's last-16 meeting with old rivals Germany.

"We don't like to be called the Golden Generation. That was put upon us," he told BBC Sport, but he conceded: "You always think you can do it, but this time I think it's our time and we can do it if the country believes."

He added: "I think we can do it this time. I've never felt it like this before in other tournaments.

"I thought it was an excellent performance against Slovenia and we can't wait to get to grips with Germany.

"The history between the two countries is immense and the 1990 World Cup was the first tournament I watched.

"I can remember when Gazza (Paul Gascoigne) got booked and we lost on penalties to Germany in the semi-finals."

Cole has never taken a penalty in professional football during a career with West Ham, Chelsea and England spanning more than a decade.

But he is willing to put any trepidation to one side and take one against Germany if required should spot-kicks again be needed to decide the outcome.

He said: "I've never taken a professional penalty because when I was at West Ham Paolo Di Canio took them. Frank Lampard takes them at Chelsea and David Beckham always did for England - but that's not to say I wouldn't take one."

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