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West Ham's Joe Cole to revel in FA Cup tie vs Manchester United

Joe Cole, pictured in 2003, has returned to the fold with West Ham United. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Returning midfielder Joe Cole said he will never forget cleaning the toilet floors ahead of his first West Ham debut - and intends to make the most of a second chance at Upton Park.

The 31-year-old has come back to his boyhood club on a free transfer from Liverpool, and looks likely to go straight into the squad for the FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester United. Cole was among a crop of Premier League stars to emerge from West Ham's academy.

He signed professionally in 1998, and became a fans' favourite before leaving for Chelsea in 2003, the year in which the east London club were relegated from the Premier League.

The midfielder has been capped 56 times by England, and got his introduction to first-team football with the Hammers back in January 1999, in an FA Cup tie against Swansea at Upton Park. For more on football visit ITV Sport.