Former England star Joe Cole, who is normally associated with his ability to pick a pass or accurately place a cross, revealed that he's able to do all these whilst using contact lenses.

"The first time I noticed the difference [using contact lenses] was when we were training over in America on a pre-season tour," he explained.

"We were training in the evening under the lights and everything was just a bit more crisp and you released that before you were really just making do."

The 32-year-old, who is in his second spell at boyhood club West Ham, spoke to ACUVUE, an official sponsor of the World Cup next month in Brazil, as he explained the need for sports people to have regular eye tests.

"The game moves so fast now, you often refer to players that have a picture of the game in their head. If you didn't have good vision that couldn't happen."

Cole, who took part in three World Cup 's and earned 56 international caps, said: "I could't play without them now, they're literally the first thing that I have to remember to pack. My Lenses, my boots and my shin pads, everything else is secondary."

While the skilful winger may have crystal clear vision on the pitch, his future off it remains to be seen, with the players current contract set to end in the summer and the Hammers rumoured to be uninterested in renewing it, as Sam Allardyce looks to get the fans back on his side after many were calling for his head at the end last season.

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