Liverpool midfielder eyeing international berth

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Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole is hopeful of receiving another England call up soon, with the 29-year-old starring so far for on-loan side Lille.

Cole made the move to Lille on deadline day, and has continually said that he loves his new life in Ligue 1.

And the Liverpool man now believes that he may be able to play for England again, already boasting 56 caps with the national side.


"I miss playing for my country," Cole told the Guardian. "I was a regular in the squad for 10 years and perhaps took it for granted I would always be there.

"Now, having not been picked for a year, turning 30 next month and with the young players having come in and done well, you start to wonder: 'Are they still looking at me?

"I hope I will be noticed. A lot of people in England questioned why I came over here and maybe wrote me off. Perhaps they're now thinking I'm not finished after all.

"It's not that I want to prove them wrong – that would be the wrong motivation – but I do want to prove to myself that I'm still a top player."

Cole moved to Liverpool from Chelsea in 2010, and only made 20 appearances for the Reds before he was sent off on loan.

And Cole has now said that he hopes that Lille and Liverpool can come to an agreement for him to stay in France permanently, if his top form for the French outfit continues.

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