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Cole retains World Cup hope

Joe Cole is hopeful of catching Roy Hodgson's eye if he can help West Ham improve on last season's 10th-placed finish.

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The last of Cole's 56 England caps came in the 4-1 World Cup defeat to Germany in South Africa three years ago.

But next summer's tournament in Brazil is a long-term target for the midfielder, whose immediate focus is on performing for his club.

Cole, speaking after a 3-0 defeat of Eintracht Braunschweig on West Ham's tour of Germany, told Sky Sports News: "We want to finish higher than last year.

"The main thing for me is to get in the West Ham team, play as many games as I can, play well and we'll see what happens from there.

"But I think any Englishman will be looking at the World Cup. It's the pinnacle of a career to go to a World Cup and play for your country.

"It's the best thing you can do. But first and foremost for me is playing well for West Ham."

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