Cole counts on bulldog spirit

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Ashley Cole (left) believes reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2012 is not enough for England
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Ashley Cole (left) believes reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2012 is not enough for England

Ashley Cole has backed England's "bulldogs" to bury their major tournament demons at the European Championship.

Cole is desperate to crown his glittering career with an international trophy in what would be his 100th cap in the Euro 2012 final. The left-back, whose Champions League triumph with Chelsea last month helped him complete the full set of major club prizes, will take one step closer to his dream if England beat Italy in Sunday's quarter-final.

Cole, who will earn his 98th cap in Kiev, told BBC Radio Five Live: "You know with most English lads, and you can see it in this team, we're like 11 bulldogs who will never give up, who will always work for each other and basically die on the pitch for each other."

He added: "So far, it seems to be working."

He added on ITV Sport: "Winning Euro 2012 would top the lot.

"I've won the Champions League, I've won the league with both Chelsea and Arsenal.

"To win something with England would sum up my career. Not to win something with your country would be sad. You want to win for the fans, for your country, for the nation.

"Reaching a semi-final wouldn't be a success either. You come to every tournament to win it.

"None of these players are going to settle for a semi-final."

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