Cole also called Defoe the best English striker he’s ever played with. It’s high praise indeed from a player who played with Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney.
In an interview quoted by the Daily Record, Cole said: “I have known Jermain since we were 13 years old and as a goalscorer he’s the best finisher of our generation.
“He is the best English finisher I played with.
“He just knows where the goal is and that’s one of the reasons he’ll keep playing for years yet because it’s natural to him.
“His goals per minute for England is very interesting, he’s scored wherever he’s been.”
Cole then went on to praise Defoe’s athleticism. The midfielder claims Defoe is “built differently” to most and can keep going into his 40s. The former England midfielder also praised how well his teammate has always looked after himself.
Cole and Defoe have played together at international level over the last 20 years.
The duo also came through the ranks at West Ham together over 20 years ago and if there’s anyone who knows what Jermain Defoe is all about, it’s Joe Cole.
Rangers fans have been getting very excited about Defoe’s arrival in Scotland.
And according to Cole, so they should be. The creative midfielder is convinced Defoe will be a success at Ibrox.
“He will come to Scotland and score goals,” said Cole. “Without a doubt.
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