In his column for The Sun, Venables wrote: "With no goals from his first six appearances, the West Ham striker may seem an unlikely candidate to be England's saviour this summer.
"But you can never tell.
"If you had said 12 months ago that Carlton would be the only Cole in the England squad for tonight's friendly, you would have been laughed out of town.
"But that is the case. Football is fickle and you never know which way the hand of fate is going to point.