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Joe Cole volunteers for Rooney role

The Chelsea forward wants to fill the void created by Rooney should the Man United striker miss the World Cup.

india Updated: May 04, 2006 18:31 IST

Chelsea forward Joe Cole said he will step in to fill the void created by Wayne Rooney should the Manchester United striker miss the World Cup.

Rooney is extremely doubtful for this summer's tournament after it was confirmed on Wednesday he has broken more than one bone in his right foot.

Despite England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson hoping for Rooney's return to fitness at some time during the June 9-July 9 tournament, some are already considering the worst case scenario.

"We're in the dark about Wayne's injury a bit," said Cole.

"It's bad luck because he is an important player for us, but I would be honoured to step into Wayne's shoes. I would play anywhere the manager wants me to play.

"I have played in most positions before. When you play for England you cannot pick and choose.

"But if he wants me to play that role for England then I will do it. It is no problem."

Cole added: "Obviously, I am a different sort of player to Wayne. He is his own man and a great player, but I would give it a go and do my best for the team."