Warning signs were there for England

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Joe Cole admits the warning signs for England World Cup hopes were evident from the start of their build-up to the tournament.

The former Chelsea midfielder claims Fabio Capello's side were "not good enough" going back to the below par displays before South Africa against Mexico and Japan. England struggled to qualify from their group and were beaten 4-1 by old rivals Germany on Sunday.

Cole believes there are 'a lot of issues we need to address' before the Euro 2012 campaign gets under way.

He said: "We have to look at ourselves as a group and we weren't good enough from the start of the friendlies, the six games we've played."

He added: "It is back to the drawing board. If I knew what had to be done, I'd put it right.

"The feeling is disappointment. We just weren't good enough.

"I am just devastated. We will go away and start again but we have to address the problems that are there.

"It is not for me to talk to you guys (the media) about it but we need to just step up.

"We're all in it together. Everyone who has been involved with England from the qualifying campaign.

"We got to the last 16 of the World Cup. We got to the last eight last time so we need to improve. I am bitterly disappointed."

Cole added: "There are a lot of issues. We have such high expectations. We want to win the tournament and we didn't do that."

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