Joe Cole staked a claim to start for England on Saturday when he came off the bench to score against Liverpool.
Joe Cole staked a claim to start for England against Wales on Saturday when he came off the bench to score for Chelsea against Liverpool.
The skilful midfielder is a real contender to start on the left for the Three Lions against the Welsh, with Kieron Dyer and probably Wayne Bridge out injured.
And he did his chances no harm at all with a livewire performance against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Cole was initially named as a substitute for the game, but replaced injured Didier Drogba early on and looked hungry for action.
His clever flicks and touches got Chelsea going and then when the Blues won a free-kick on the edge of the box he grabbed his moment of glory.
With everyone expecting a deep cross, Frank Lampard passed it low into the box - where Cole flicked home a superb finish.
Up at Old Trafford, Alan Smith headed his sixth goal of the season for Manchester United to prove he is bang in form ahead of next weekend's World Cup qualifier.
Smith saved United from defeat and there was more good news for England Head Coach, too.
Middlesbrough's England Under-21 star Stewart Downing, tipped as a future senior cap, gave Sven another nudge with a goal at the other end.
It was his second goal of the season and the 'Boro man, a left-sided midfielder, has been in impressive form so far this campaign.
Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand got another game under his belt for United, as did Wayne Rooney - although there was no repeat of the drama of midweek when he scored a hat-trick on his debut.
Over at St Andrews, Nicky Butt scored for Newcastle as they drew 2-2 with Birmingham, and now the midfielder hopes to take over from injured Steven Gerrard in England's midfield against Wales.
Ashley Cole was another Euro 2004 hero rested over the weekend, with Arsenal choosing to give youngster Gael Clichy a game in his place against Charlton.
But Sol Campbell came through the match with a faultless display and will now be in contention to take on Wales.