December 12 2013 Latest news:
Dave Evans, West Ham Correspondent
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Hammers midfielder Joe Cole is looking to maintain the form he showed in Saturday’s opening-day win over Cardiff City
Hammers star Joe Cole began the new Premier League season with a goal and a win against Cardiff City on Saturday – now he is planning on a fourth trip to the World Cup with England next summer.
The 31-year-old midfielder is keen to add to his 56 England caps and if he continues with the form that helped the Hammers to victory at Upton Park on Saturday, then national coach Roy Hodgson will surely start to take notice.
“I think any Englishman will want to play for his country, especially when you look at how few English players are in the Premier League at the moment,” said Cole, who is in his second spell with the Hammers.
“I have been to three World Cups, so I would love to do it again, but it is just a case of how well I play at West Ham, that’s the main thing.”
Cole certainly looked close to his best on Saturday, latching on to Matt Jarvis’ cross to put West Ham in front and it seems that a full pre-season has certainly helped his cause for the campaign.
“I had a good pre-season, played a lot of minutes and a lot of games and it was nice to get out there at Upton Park again,” he said.
“The 18 months at Liverpool where I didn’t play is obviously a bad time in my career, but when I did play there I felt I did all right. Then I had a good season in France, so there is nothing wrong with me. I am still only 31, so if people look at it like that, I can still do a job for England, but we will just have to see what happens,” said Cole, who last played for England at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The midfielder will take his coaching badges in the near future, but he has no intention of giving the game up yet.
“I want to play on for as long as I can and someone like Ryan Giggs is the benchmark for players over 30. I watched him in the Charity Shield and he was fantastic.
“As to the coaching, I am passionate about youth football in England. It is something I would enjoy and youth football in particular, developing young players is something I am passionate about.”
Before that, we could well see Cole back in the England set-up and with plenty more goals like Saturday’s, he may well be on that plane to Brazil next summer.
Cole is confident that West HAm can have a good season in the Premier League.
“I think we certainly won’t be looking to do worse this season and with the squad we have got we can look to do something in the cup as well,” he said.
“I think we just want to be better than last year in everything we do. We want to get more points, finish higher, score more and concede less than last season.
“The gaffer has done a great job. If you look at all the clubs he has been at, they have all capitulated after he has left them. Look at the job he has done here.”
After Saturday’s goal, Cole revealed that he has got a target for the season, but he won’t say what it is.
“I have got a target, but I don’t usually tell anyone,” he said.
“My target is really to keep playing as much as I can, be effective, enjoy my football and have a great time because when I am doing that, that is when I do my best.”
He certainly looks like he is enjoying his football and the West Ham fans are certainly enjoying watching him.