Ashley Cole believes he has ‘unfinished business’ with England and is optimistic about his country’s chances of winning Euro 2012.
The Chelsea full-back, who will win his 98th cap against Italy on Sunday, has won the FA Cup and Champions League already this season and he is now hoping to make it a third trophy this year.
“It is unfinished business,” Cole told BBC Radio 5Live. “You play for your country and it is amazing to do that. But you play to win.
“I have never had the joy of winning (a tournament) with my country. I am not getting too ahead of myself or the team but so far it is going well.
“We have a tough game on Sunday but dreams come true and hopefully this can be one of mine.”
It is rare for the 31-year-old to talk candidly to the press, who he believes have published several negative stories about him down the years.
But Cole has admitted he does have regrets about his career, although he believes it is all part of football.
“I would say there are (regrets). But there is nothing I can do about them now. That’s over,” Cole said.
“Footballers are not like any different person. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone learns from them.
“That is what football is about as well.
The left-back also has much admiration for team-mate John Terry who has had his fair share to deal with off the pitch.
Cole said: “(Terry) has been a great servant for Chelsea.
“Whatever has gone on in his life, he has put to the back of his mind and done his job in a great professional way.
“He is someone who would put his body on the line for any team and any player he plays with. He is a joy to play with.”
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