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Sunday, 9 June, 2002, 03:33 GMT 04:33 UK

Joe Cole

Club: West Ham United
Position: Midfielder

Left it late to play his way into the squad with a mixed game against Italy in February, followed up by a more assured performance in the Paraguay match.

In both cases he came on as a substitute and had a hand in goals for his side, setting up Robbie Fowler against Italy and Darius Vassell against the South Americans.

However, Sven-Goran Eriksson knows his inclusion is a gamble.

While he possesses no shortage of skill he has been criticised for taking too many risks.

Was at fault for Italy's equaliser after over-indulgence in midfield led to him losing possession.

His style sparks memories of Paul Gascoigne, and England fans hope he can go on to emulate the Geordie's achievements at Italia 90.

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