15 Million pound man snubbed by England and WHU
Where did it all go wrong? We love you Carlton
West Ham striker Carlton Cole admits that his England snub came as no surprise as he battles to rediscover his best form.
The 26-year-old has yet to score in nine appearances in all competitions this season and as a result has been overlooked by Fabio Capello for Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro.
Cole, who was a summer transfer target for Liverpool, wasted his best chance to open his account when squandering a penalty against Bolton at the end of August and he confesses that failure has summed up his campaign.
The former Chelsea player has also admitted that he has not been at his best since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him last Christmas.
“Being dropped from the England squad wasn’t a surprise at all,” Cole told The People. “I haven’t been playing so I didn’t deserve to be called up.
“In the Bolton game, I missed a penalty and that’s defined my season so far.
“If that had gone in, I think I would have gone on to score a few more goals by now.
“But there’s a fine line in football sometimes and you get to learn from these things – that was a big moment to learn from.
“Right now, I’m heavily involved in the character-building process.
“You have to understand that for the last two years I’ve been the first-choice striker. Now Victor (Obinna) and Freddie (Piquionne) have come in and it’s time for me to up my game.
“I have to admit that I haven’t been the same since my knee injury last year. I’m happy to admit that. I’m very honest about myself and I’m by far my biggest critic. I’ve just not been the same.
“I’ve got to find my form and it’s a good thing that they are performing in my place. It can only inspire me to up my game.”