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Joe Cole still thinks he can be Liverpool hero

Cole believes he can still make the grade at Liverpool after fine Europa League display

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UPDATED:

23:10 GMT, 22 November 2012

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole believes he can still be a success story at the club.

The 31-year-old scored and set up Jonjo Shelvey in Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Young Boys at Anfield in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Cole claims he has impressed at each of his former sides and can repeat that on Merseyside.

Aiming high: Joe Cole says he can be a success at Anfield

Aiming high: Joe Cole says he can be a success at Anfield

'I was a good player at West Ham, Chelsea and Lille and I think I can be a good player at Liverpool,' he told ITV4.

'I'm getting stronger with every game. It is normal that a player wants to play all the time.

'It was my third game back from a hamstring problem and I felt good.

'On a personal note it was quite good. The overall sense though is disappointment that we didn't see it out in the end.

'But the young lads especially have been terrific this year. We just keep going.'

In a Liverpool side teeming with youth Cole was one of the more experienced figures.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said: 'It was nice for Joe Cole to play well. He has been working very hard in training.'

Asked if Cole had a future at the club, he added: 'He's certainly working hard. He knows it's difficult because he's been away from the club on loan.

'Joe's a fighter and he's working very hard. That's all he can do.'

Cole was upset that his side could not hold on to their slim lead, with a wonder goal from Elsad Zverotic after 88 minutes enough to earn the Swiss team a point.

Now they face a difficult away game in
Italy to play Udinese, in which they must at least match Young Boys'
result against Anzhi to progress.

Cole believes Liverpool should not be finding themselves in such a position, when a win meant they would have qualified.

Setback: Elsad Zverotic (left) struck late to confound Cole and Co

Setback: Elsad Zverotic (left) struck late to confound Cole and Co

'It's disappointing. It was just the game management at the end,' he said.

'We need to see the game out. Maybe we had a few young players on the pitch but we should have killed the game off.

'Fair credit though it was a good finish from their kid.'

Driven home: Cole fires in Liverpool's second of the game

Driven home: Cole fires in Liverpool's second of the game

Ryan Shawcross: I want to become England regular

I'm here to stay! Shawcross wants regular England berth… despite wait for first cap

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UPDATED:

13:57 GMT, 13 November 2012

Ryan Shawcross was always confident he had what it took to get into the England squad, but now he hopes to prove he has what it takes to stay there.

Shawcross earned his third call-up to the national team for tomorrow’s friendly with Sweden and he will win his first cap if Roy Hodgson opts to give him a run-out in Stockholm.

Although he has yet to feature for the senior team, the Stoke defender admits he is starting to feel comfortable in the England set-up and is now looking to become a permanent feature at international level.

England hopeful: Shawcross has now been included in three squads

England hopeful: Shawcross has now been included in three squads

He told FATV: 'It’s always good to come away with the national team and now I’ve been a few times I’m starting to feel at home.

'If you're playing well, you get noticed. At Stoke last year, we played in Europe and that got us a few headlines.

'On a personal note, if I’m doing okay and being consistent, then I always felt that I had enough to hopefully break into the England squad and luckily enough I have done, so I want to stay in it.

'There’s a lot of experienced players ahead of me and it's up to me to perform well in training. Hopefully I can play well when I get a chance.'

The 25-year-old, who was handed his first call-up by Fabio Capello in 2010, could have had the opportunity to represent Wales but insisted chose England.

'When I was a schoolboy, I played for Wales because I went to school in Wales but when I turned 16, there was a rule that said I couldn’t play for Wales,' he said.

'But in recent months, that rule changed and I could play for Wales again. But I decided years ago I wanted to play for England and I spoke to Chris Coleman, and Gary Speed before that, and made it clear that I wanted to play for England, so there was never any choice really.'

Friendly fire: Gerrard will secure his 100th cap when he plays against Sweden

Friendly fire: Gerrard will secure his 100th cap when he plays against Sweden

lee Westwood wins Thailand Golf Championship

Westwood holds off Schwartzel challenge to seal Thailand Golf Championship by seven shots

Lee Westwood ended 2011 on a high with a seven-shot victory from Charl Schwartzel at the Thailand Golf Championship.

Westwood made a stunning start to the competition and was an incredible 18 shots under-par after 36 holes.

And while he couldn”t maintain that stunning scoring rate, he did enough to win his final tournament of the season from South African Schwartzel.

More to follow…

In the swing: Westwood has ended the year on a high note

In the swing: Westwood has ended the year on a high note

Thailand Golf Championship

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