Cole wants to play for Team GB

Joe Cole has admitted that he would love to play for Team GB at the Olympics in 2012, and has not closed the door on his chances of returning to the England set-up.

The Liverpool midfielder is currently on a season-long loan deal at French champions Lille, and is eager to be included in the London Games as one of Stuart Pearce’s overage players.

The venue of the competition also holds special significance for the 30-year-old, as it is close to where he grew up.

“I would love to play in the Olympics,” he said at a press conference.

“I would be very excited because it is in London, in east London where I started my football career. I love the Olympics, I love the sport. I’ve been trying to get tickets but it is very hard so I better get playing in it,” he stated.

Cole has been on the outskirts of Fabio Capello’s thoughts for the last 12 months also, but as he looks to improve his form at the Ligue 1 club, the playmaker still wants to compete in international football.

“If the call comes, I would be very happy because I am a proud Englishman.

“I love playing for my country. If it comes, great. If it doesn’t, my main focus is to win some trophies for Lille,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight