World Cup Countdown - Carlton Cole

There is only one country who will receive Carlton Cole's backing at the summer's FIFA World Cup - and it should come as no surprise that it is England.

The seven-cap Three Lions international believes the World Cup could be the stage for England's youngsters to announce themselves at elite level and says their challenge should not be underestimated.

He said; "I'll definitely be watching, relaxing, taking it all in and wishing England all the best.

"I think England have a chance, we have young players trying to learn their trade at that level, and hopefully the experienced pros will lead them to success.

"Obviously I want England to win, so they're my tip - I wouldn't tip anyone else to win!

"At the end of the day there are a load of world class players out there, and there are a lot of unknown players who are going to get seen. It's up to them to produce the goods to make them shine and stand out - hopefully it's England players.

"Reidy was one of them a few years ago and now he's New Zealand captain so he's done ever so well to get in that position."