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World Cup boost for Joe Cole's new book?

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Can Joe Cole make a late run into Fabio Capello's plans for the World Cup finals?

With an autobiography due out in August, a good World Cup would certainly do wonders for his book sales.

Apparently written off by the Italian before being left out of the England squad for the friendly against Egypt, the Chelsea midfielder seems at last to be showing signs of a return to his most effective form.

His fine goal against Manchester United last Saturday set up the Old Trafford victory that gave Chelsea a two-point lead in the race for the Premier League title.

It was only the second time he has found the target all season, having struggled to convince Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti he should be a regular starter while trying desperately to get back to his best after nine months out through injury.

Capello said in February that Cole "was not like the player I remember", casting huge doubt on the 28-year-old's chances of going to his third World Cup finals.

But the England coach will be at Wembley for Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final on Saturday and will decide for himself whether Cole has improved enough to come into the reckoning.

Joe Cole - My Autobiography will not be available until mid-August but readers of The Sports Bookshelf can pre-order a copy now by clicking on the link.

In the meantime, committed Joe Cole fans could try Ian Macleay's Joe Cole: The Biography published in February last year as a new version of the 2006 hardback Cole Play: The Biography of Joe Cole. Follow the links to buy direct from this site.

To read more about Chelsea and more by Ian Macleay, visit the Sports Bookshelf Shop.

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