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Cole to worry about future after World Cup

Joe Cole hopes his experience can win him a place in England's starting line-up for the World Cup opener and dismissed his club future as “a story to be told another day”.

The midfielder was speaking at a press conference in Rustenburg on the day it was confirmed he will leave Chelsea following the end of his contract this month.

Cole's future has been the subject of ongoing speculation throughout the season and it became increasingly evident the two parties would not be able to reach a deal.

He said: “I'm just focused on the World Cup at the moment, I'll leave that sort of thing to my agent. My future will sort itself out. It's been going on a while. It's a story to be told another day.”

While Cole will look towards life after Stamford Bridge, once his South African odyssey comes to an end, another of Chelsea’s World Cup stars has had his future confirmed with Nicolas Anelka signing a new two year extension to his contract which had a year left to run.

Cole was one of the players whose place in Fabio Capello's final squad looked in doubt but he is now being talked about as a possible starter against the United States on Saturday.

The 28-year-old is one of three players, along with Ashley Cole and David James, preparing for their third World Cup, and it is that experience that Cole believes could work in his favour.

“Managers like experience, especially at the start of tournaments,” he added. “I remember going to Japan as a youngster and it was all new but I've still got that energy and I still love it and I love coming away to these tournaments.”

Meanwhile Emile Heskey has spoken about the tangle with Rio Ferdinand that ruled him out of the World Cup, something that has brought.

“I tried to turn a ball round the corner. I fell backwards onto him and his leg was in a position that meant he couldn't move it,” recalled the Aston Villa man.

“There was nothing you could do. Knowing he is out of the World Cup was very difficult.”

Heskey is hardly a major contributor to England's scoring prowess but Capello recognises how difficult he can be to tie down, and how much more effective Rooney and Steven Gerrard can be when he is playing.

“I like to think I bring a lot more to the game (than scoring),” said the forward.

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