Hoddle makes claim for Joe Cole England spot

Glenn Hoddle thinks that Lille playmaker Joe Cole could have been in with a shout for the England squad after his impressive performances in France this season.

England began their Euro 2012 campaign with a 1-1 draw against France and current Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson played young Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left hand side, a spot Cole has played for England in the past. The 30 year old has not been involved in the squad since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but Hoddle believes Cole would have still done a job for Hodgson as an experience midfield head.

The former England manager said: “Joe has done very well for England. Sometimes, when he was playing in the World Cups, he would play better for England than he would for his club. I would have taken that into consideration without a shadow of a doubt; I don’t know if Roy did.”

Hodgson’s squad has quite a youthful look to it, with the main aim in planning for the future tournaments especially the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Hoddle believes that the experience Cole has could have pushed him for a place and he would have offered something different for Hodgson.

“Again, the squad looks pretty young and inexperienced and Joe has that experience under his belt and knows the foreign game. So, I think he would have been pretty close to getting into the squad”, Hoddle continued.

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