Joe Cole joins Lille on loan from Liverpool

Updated: Aug 31, 2011, 20:48 PM IST

Paris: Midfielder Joe Cole has joined French champions Lille on a one-year loan in a bid to secure a place in England`s Euro 2012 squad and play in the Champions League, the Ligue 1 club said on Wednesday.

"Lille, Liverpool and Joe Cole have reached an agreement over the loan of the England forward for one season," Lille said on their website (

Cole, 29, failed to make an impact at Liverpool last season after joining the Merseyside club from Chelsea.

Cole, who has 56 caps, has not played for England since last year`s World Cup.

"Of course I`d like to be back with England. It is one of my goals," Cole was quoted as saying on the club`s website.

"The most important thing is to have the possibility to play in the Champions League."

Liverpool failed to qualify for this season`s Champions League while Lille were drawn with Trabzonspor, CSKA Moscow and Inter Milan in Group B.

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