The former Liverpool and Chelsea man, who has fallen down the pecking order for the Three Lions, says that watching England's 2-1 win over Brazil on Wednesday made him want to regain his place in the national team.
"I was thinking [during the game] 'how am I going to get in this team?' because I still want to play for England," Cole told The Telegraph.
"It's a long time since I played and I know the odds are against me because I've been away for so long, but I enjoy the challenge. That's the masochist in me."
Cole moved back to his boyhood club from Liverpool last month.