London 2012 Olympics: Joe Cole eyes Team GB place

17 November 2011 03:05
Joe Cole has revealed his desire to play for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.[LNB]Next year's Games will be held in east London, where Cole began his career at West Ham, and the 30-year-old admitted it would be an honour to return to compete for Olympic gold.[LNB]Cole could be selected by Team GB boss Stuart Pearce as one of three over-age players, with David Beckham tipped to fill one of those roles.[LNB] Homecoming: Lille star Joe Cole wants to play in next year's Olympics[LNB]'I would love to play in the Olympics,' he said at a press conference.[LNB]'I would be very excited because it is in London, in east London where I started my football career[LNB]'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.'[LNB]Cole is on a season-long loan at French champions Lille as he looks to revive a career that has stalled in the past 12 months.[LNB] In charge: Team GB boss Stuart Pearce could pick Cole as one of his two over-aged players[LNB]Cole endured an unsuccessful first year at Liverpool last season and has found himself on the outer of England boss Fabio Capello's plans since the World Cup.[LNB]The midfielder has not given up on his international career, however, saying: 'If the call comes, I would be very happy because I am a proud Englishman.[LNB]'I love playing for my country. If it comes, great. If it doesn't, my main focus is to win some trophies for Lille.'[LNB]  A Lille bit of love! How Cole's life in France was sealed with a kiss, and why he might stayCole still on Capello's radar with Rooney suspended for Euro 2012You're not welcome! Beckham signing questioned as PSG players speak out [LNB]

Source: Daily_Mail