Rocastle, who died three days after Cole's England debut, won the last of his 14 caps against Brazil in 1992, a coincidence Cole might savour tonight.
"I supported Arsenal and he was someone I wanted to be like and play like," Cole said. "I got the lucky chance to meet him, with him speaking to me for five minutes. After that he was all I wanted to be. I look back and think what a great career I've had. I will never forget speaking to him."