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Chelsea winger Cole: Capello forced me to fight for England shirt again

Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole admits Fabio Capello has forced him to start fighting again for the England shirt.

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."

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