West Ham playmaker Cole says England can be World Cup surprise packet

West Ham United midfielder Joe Cole feels England can be a big surprise packet at next year's World Cup.

West Ham United midfielder Joe Cole feels England can be a big surprise packet at next year's World Cup.

Cole, 31, has 56 England caps and says he has not given up hope of being in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for Brazil.

"I'm thinking England can go there and win it," Cole told BBC Sport.

"I know the gaffer will want to play things down and rightly so, but it excites me because I think there is enough talent in the country."

He added: "Andros Townsend gets you off your feet and Daniel Sturridge is as good as any centre forward in the country at the moment, so there is no reason not to be positive.

"I look to the emergence of those two, Raheem Sterling, Ravel Morrison and Ross Barkley. These kids are top, top players and they will go there with no baggage of expectations."

 
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