Feb 3 2012 by James Pearce, Liverpool Echo
JOE COLE is hoping to make the Great Britain squad for this summer’s Olympics Games in London.
The 30-year-old Liverpool midfielder, who is spending the season on loan at Lille, hasn’t played international football since the 2010 World Cup.
However, Cole has been contacted over his potential availability for the Olympics and would love to be one of coach Stuart Pearce’s three over age players for what is essentially an under-23 competition.
“They sent us a letter to find out if I would be available. I said I will,” Cole said.
“We will see. If I’m in good form, if I play well, I will have an opportunity to go.”
Cole has impressed for Lille so far this season and is focused on winning back his place in Fabio Capello’s England squad.
“It has been a long time now since I played in the national team, so I don’t know if it would happen again,” he said.
“Obviously Fabio Capello’s current preference is to play younger players. I have 56 caps and I have been playing in national teams since I was 15 years old. Now that I’m not part of it anymore, I want it even more”.
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