Cole is unlikely to get the chance to improve on his cameo performance in the crucial win over Slovenia last Wednesday when Fabio Capello names his starting line-up to face the Germans this afternoon for a place in the quarterfinals in Cape Town next Saturday.
But Cole was happy to be involved, saying: "It was lovely to play a part. I was itching to get on.
"I've heard about people saying I should have been in before, but I just do my thing. All footballers want to play and the manager has to choose. I am ready to give it a go. I have a lot of experience now and I am delighted. When you get to the knockout stages it's about how you perform."