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Cole backs Redknapp for England

24 March 2012 16:52

Joe Cole has become the latest player who wants Harry Redknapp to manage England at this year's European Championships.

Redknapp is the odds-on favourite to succeed Fabio Capello as Three Lions boss for the tournament, while Cole has attracted praise for a string of impressive performances on loan at French champions Lille.

The former Chelsea midfielder still believes he has what it takes to be a part of the England squad in Poland and Ukraine, and hopes his chances of an international recall can be revived under Redknapp.

"For me, everything is going to depend on how I perform in the last part of the season. I dream about it," Cole told L'Equipe.

"I know the English team has a scout watching me and it's very motivating.

"Harry (Redknapp) knows me. He knows what I can do. With him we'll do something at the Euros. We can even win."

It was Redknapp who handed a 17-year-old Cole his professional debut during his time at West Ham United.

Cole was an integral part of the England set-up during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but has since failed to recapture the magic which has earned him 56 international appearances.

He became one of England's forgotten men during Capello's time in charge, and expressed his frustration over injuries and a lack of opportunities.

"With Fabio Capello, I played five games and then I got badly injured on my knee. He never called me again," he said.

However since his arrival at Lille from Liverpool in the summer, Cole has shown signs of form which suggest that he could yet have a part to play for England.

The midfielder also believes that England have a chance of winning the tournament in Poland and Ukraine under the guidance of Redknapp.

"Players are ready to die for Harry and he knows how to get the best of them. He had a hard time getting where he is now," he said.

"At this level, tactical knowledge isn't enough. Players love Harry because Harry loves them. Harry is the man."

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