Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole is hoping that his loan move to France, with the prospect of regular football for Lille will put him in contention for a recall to the England set-up.
The 29-year-old, who completed a deadline day move to the reigning Ligue 1 champions, admits he is excited by the challenge ahead and is ready to immerse himself in a new culture.
Having been deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield by Reds boss Kenny Dalglish, Cole had plenty of offers to remain in the Barclays Premier League but opted to broaden his horizons in foreign climes.
"It didn't work at Liverpool and I hold no bad feelings towards the people there," confirmed Cole. "They were all great – the fans, everyone around the club, Kenny [Dalglish], Damien [Commoli] and the players. They were all great with me and I enjoyed it off the pitch.
"[But] I've only played 90 minutes once in nine months and it's been a real tough time for me in my career. I've done a full pre-season but to get to your best you need a run of games.
"I'm ready to go. All I need in myself is a run of five or ten games and I'll be back to my best."
Cole is looking to put his difficult period at Liverpool behind him, after making only 11 Barclays Premier League starts in his time at Anfield, and refuses to give up on his aspirations of a return to the Three Lions' side.
"I've played over 56 times for England and I've loved every minute of it," he concluded. "I've really enjoyed my international career.
"I felt I played some great football for England and I'd love to be back involved."
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