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England can win the World Cup - Joe Cole

Cole scored against Sweden at Germany 2006. (©GettyImages)
Cole scored against Sweden at Germany 2006. (©GettyImages).

A veteran of three World Cup's, Jole Cole knows what it takes to be victorious in the biggest tournament in football, and he believes England can do it.

Cole was part of the England squad for the last three World Cups, and although he never made it past the quarter finals, he thinks Roy Hodgson's men can go all the way.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the West Ham man said: "I'm thinking England can go there and win it. I know the gaffer will want to play things down and rightly so, but it excites me because I think there is enough talent in the country."

Cole was a teen sensation when he made his Premier League debut in 1999, and his quick feet and intelligent passing made such an impression he was even labelled the next Paul Gascoigne.

Looking ahead to next year's tournament, Cole is confident that the new breed of youngsters will benefit from not having the burden of expectation that was lumbered upon the so-called golden generation that included Cole and current England stars Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

Cole said: "Andros Townsend gets you off your feet and Daniel Sturridge is as good as any centre forward in the country at the moment, so there is no reason not to be positive.

"I look to the emergence of those two, Raheem Sterling, Ravel Morrison and Ross Barkley. These kids are top, top players and they will go there with no baggage of expectations."

With many believing England are unlikely to reach the latter stages in Brazil there's been calls for Hodgson to put his faith in youth, but 31-year-old Cole has not given up hope of making it four World Cups in a row.

He said: "I had a good start to the season but unfortunately injury struck again, but if I can keep myself fit, I still have plenty of confidence in my ability. But first things first, I just need to be playing regularly and playing well.

"Playing in a Brazil World Cup would be the ultimate for any footballer. There would be nowhere else in the world you would want to be. It would be the pinnacle."


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