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Venables says Chelsea winger Cole must start for England

Former Tottenham boss Terry Venables says Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole must start for England tomorrow against Germany.

In his column for The Sun, El Tel opined: "I would keep the same side that started against Slovenia. We looked much more impressive and positive. But Capello needs to know what he will do in the event things do not work out quite so smoothly against the Germans.

"I believe that will inevitably mean bringing on Joe Cole, who could hold the key to England's progression despite probably starting on the bench.

"Should Rooney and Jermain Defoe fail to click like they did against Slovenia, it could be time to bring on Cole and, possibly, switch Gerrard to the role in the hole behind a lone striker."

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