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Liverpool's Cole targets England return with Lille assistance

Lille loanee Joe Cole believes he can push for an England return by getting back to his best in France's Ligue 1.

The 29-year old has joined Lille on a season-long loan from Liverpool and is confident a change of environment can help him again produce top quality football while enjoying a new way of life.

"In 10 games I'll be back playing my best football and I see no reason why I won't get back in the [England] team," he told BBC Sport.

"It didn't work out at Liverpool and I can't fault them one bit," Cole added.

"I wouldn't blame anyone. There are many reasons and I knew from fairly early on that things would be difficult.

"It's a good opportunity to learn a new language and take in a new culture.

"I might have a cracking season out here that leads on to something else. You can't think too long-term in this game, things happen in the blink of an eye but as it stands it's a season-long loan so let's see how it goes for everyone concerned."

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