The midfielder, now back in the fold after a 20-month absence, Cole can't wait to fire Capello's team to glory in South Africa.
"It has been such a long time since I was involved," he said. "I am happy to be back and to see the lads again.
"With everything's that happened to me, it's a bit like a second coming.
"It was great to put the England shirt back on again against Japan. Seeing my name on the back of an England shirt - well, you forget everything.
"I had taken it for granted. I was a regular with 50 caps. For so many years, I never even checked to see I was in the squad.
"Then I looked at my shirt on the peg before the Japan game. I just thought it's nice to be back. When I see my name on the back of an England shirt it gives me goose pimples again.
"It means so much playing for England. It feels like I've come home."