Cole keen on life at Lille

Joe Cole plans to throw himself into life in France as he prepares to relaunch his career with reigning Ligue 1 champions Lille.

Cole's loan move to Lille from Liverpool was one of the most eye-catching deals of the transfer window, with the 29-year-old midfielder choosing to broaden his horizons overseas rather than opt for a deal with an English club.

"I'll be throwing everything into it. For me as a person, if I go and do something, I do it properly. I'll be moving here lock, stock and barrel," the former West Ham United and Chelsea man told Talksport radio.

I just need a run of five or ten games and I'll be back to my best. I know I made the right choice and I'm happy.
Joe Cole, Lille midfielder

Although several of the Londoner's new team-mates speak English, Cole said he plans to learn French as swiftly as possible. "There's a few who speak perfect English but I'm going to try and throw myself into it and try and learn the language," he said.

"I did French for five years at school and came out with just 'Bonjour' and 'Au Revoir' at the end of it. I didn't expect to be playing in France one day! But I'm going to throw myself into it with my wife and my daughter as well; it will be great to have another language."

Cole endured an unhappy season at Liverpool last year, failing to nail down a regular starting berth after joining from Chelsea under Roy Hodgson. He is hoping to become a regular starter at Lille and revealed that he has not given up hope of resurrecting his England career.

England ambitions
"I'm looking forward to it. I've only played one 90 minutes in nine months. I've done a full pre-season but to get to your best, you need games," Cole said.

"I'm ready to go. If the manager lets me off the leash I'm ready. I just need a run of five or ten games and I'll be back to my best. I know I made the right choice and I'm happy."

Asked if he was keen to play for England again, Cole replied: "Of course. I played over 56 times for England. I've loved every minute of it. I would love to be back involved. It's hard to see the lads out there and not be part of it."