The Chelsea defender, who left Arsenal to move to Stamford Bridge in 2006, is in line to earn his 100th England cap when England take on Brazil in a friendly at Wembley on Wednesday night.
And the 32-year-old left-back says that a chat with Rocastle, who died of cancer back in 2001, inspired him to work to become a top player.
“I never thought a little boy from the East End would get a chance to represent my country,” said Cole.
“I am proud, privileged and overwhelmed by how many times I have done it. When I retire I will look back and think I achieved something.”
“I supported Arsenal at the time and he was someone I wanted to be like. After he spoke to me for those five minutes, it was all I wanted to be.
“Now I look back and think what a great career I have had but I will never forget speaking to him.”
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