Cole discussed the highlights of his international career after celebrating reaching 100 caps. "I have a few games I'll never forget," he says in the official England v Republic of Ireland matchday programme.
"Argentina was one of my favourites, to beat them on such a big occasion and to play against world-class players like [Gabriel] Batistuta, [Javier] Zanetti and [Ariel] Ortega was unbelievable.
"These are the guys that I'd watched growing up and I thought they were amazing. So to get the chance to play against them in a World Cup was a dream come true."
He added: "I look at who my opponent is what they may be saying that about me, but I'm definitely saying it about them.
"I don't really think about those things though and I just try to get my head around the game and what I have to do, rather than if they are thinking about me."