Now involved with Fabio Capello's England squad, Cole says: "When you come to England, you've got to be punctual,' said Cole. 'It's your neck, you know. Fabio doesn't stand for it and he'll embarrass you in front of your team-mates.
"It is true I once turned up for a game at half-time and I'm not proud of it. That's all behind me now. I wasn't professional enough back then and I didn't take my football seriously enough."