Joe hopes a Frogs’ life will be good for Eng­land

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By FRANK MCCAULEY

JOE COLE is rel­ish­ing his first team op­por­tu­nity with Lille – and has set him­self twin aims for the sea­son.

The mid­fielder, on loan from Liver­pool, wants to help the club re­tain their Ligue 1 ti­tle and is hope­ful a suc­cess­ful sea­son will earn him an Eng­land re­call.

Cole has made an im­me­di­ate im­pact in France, scor­ing a stun­ning first goal for the club in Satur­day’s draw with Lori­ent.

And he says he never had any doubts that the sur­prise dead­line­day move was the right one for him.

“I re­ally wanted to come here,” he said. “You have to make choices in your life, and this wasn’t the eas­i­est for me, but it ex­cited me.

“Firstly, we are play­ing for the ti­tle, and also it’s a young team of good guys who play good foot­ball.”

Free­dom

Cole has slot­ted into the Lille side in a wide role ini­tially.

But he still har­bours hopes of get­ting the chance to oper­ate as a cen­tral play­maker as the sea­son pro­gresses.

“I like play­ing in the mid­dle, with the free­dom to dic­tate play,” he said.

“For now I am on the wing, op­po­site Eden Haz­ard and link­ing up with Dim­itri Payet.

“The idea, in time, is to come more into the cen­tral three and di­rect our at­tacks from a bit deeper.

“That’s where I started and it’s nat­u­ral to me.

Cole, 29, has not played for his coun­try since last sum­mer’s World Cup but he added: “I hope Fabio Capello watches Ligue 1. If I can get a re­call to the national team, I’ll be the hap­pi­est guy around.

“But firstly, I want to play reg­u­larly and help Lille win a tro­phy.”

IM­PACT: Cole

WIDE BOY: Haz­ard

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