On loan Lille midfielder Joe Cole is hoping to impress Fabio Capello sufficiently to earn a recall to the England squad.

The 29-year-old made the bold move to Lille on loan from Liverpool on transfer deadline day, and has produced some of his best form, scoring his first goal for the Ligue 1 side during Saturday's draw with Lorient.

And Cole, who is targeting a permanent move to the French champions from Liverpool, is hoping to catch the eye of Capello.

"Will Fabio Capello watch Ligue 1? I hope so," he continued.

"It is not my major concern so far. First, I want to be consistently good.

"If I get called back into the national team, I would be the happiest man. I love to play for my country.

"When I lived in Chelsea, everyday there were paparazzi in front of my door. At Lille, I can walk in the streets confidently. People are polite and respectful. It is great to enjoy the city freely.

"Anyway, in England you are forced to deal with the press, you don't have any choice. If I had any choice, I would have liked to never be famous. We are just footballers, aren't we?

 

The purchase of Stuart Downing made Cole's future at Liverpool untenable, after a nightmare first 12 months at Anfield.

After festering for England in the World Cup, his move to Liverpool coincided with the loss of his England, and the former Chelsea man feels a stay in France may be the way forward.

"I talked to manager Rudi Garcia and he has the same game philosophy that I have, so I really wanted to come," Cole added.

"You have to make choices in life, and it was certainly not the simplest to me. The easy options were to remain in London or England.

"But I was excited. We are competing for the national title and I can play in the Champions League.

"Finally, it is a young team with great guys that really play good football and I have always dreamt of playing abroad."

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