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Last Updated: Monday, 17 May, 2004, 08:53 GMT 09:53 UK
Joe Cole
England's Joe Cole
Born: 08/11/81
Position: Midfielder
Club: Chelsea
Caps: 16
Goals: 2
Cole's 6.6m transfer to Chelsea during the close season put him firmly in the spotlight, and Blues boss Claudio Ranieri is far from being his only admirer.

His vision and invention are not in question, but Cole needs to show he has the maturity to go with the tricks if he wants to prove he is worth a permanent place on the international stage.

Cole, despite regularly being little more than a substitute at Stamford Bridge, was called up for England's friendly against Denmark and did his cause no harm by scoring.

But he faces a fierce fight in one of the most hotly-contested areas of Eriksson's side.

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