Cole embracing French culture
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Joe Cole insists he has embraced life in France - even down to eating frog's legs. The England midfielder, who is on a season-long loan to Lille from Liverpool, believes the style of play in Ligue 1 suits him and he is doing his best to adapt to the local culture off the field too. He told L'Equipe Mag: "I eat everything here - even frog's legs."

Asked what aspects of French life he would take back with him to England when his loan spell was over, he said: "I will make good coffee and I will adopt a mastiff dog like the one on the (Lille) club badge."

Cole has also noticed differences between the match-going public. "In England, a stadium will get to its feet for a mad tackle. Two players going full-blooded for a ball and it's party time. In France, the audience gets up if someone does a nutmeg or plays a 40-metre pass," he added.