The Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is backing his team-mate Joe Cole to be England’s secret weapon in South Africa if Fabio Capello picks him in his final 23 players, and reckons the lack of playing time for Cole this season could work to Englands advantage.
Lampard said: “I hope Joe will be in the squad because he is my mate and he is a great player. He is the sort of player who gives a team something different.
“Even though he has not played that many minutes this season, there is an argument to say that makes him fresh and more dangerous.
“Joe has that little bit of magic, that little turn of pace and ability to beat a man that make all the difference.
“Not many people can bring that to a team in top-class international football but he has it, so I hope he makes it because he deserves that.”
“Maybe that will give us a little edge, having Joe so fresh. It can’t harm any of the Chelsea players to be going to the World Cup full of so much confidence after winning the Double.
“Even Joe, who has been coming on for 20 minutes or half-an-hour in games, has been looking sharp.”
Lampard was then asked if he thought Joey would still be a Chelsea player next season. He replied: “I don’t know if he will stay at Chelsea, that is completely up to him, but Chelsea want him to stay,”
“He has been a great player for us and we hope he will stay.”
So do I Frankie, so do I……..