Carlton has revealed that being dropped from Capello's squad came as no surprise, that he was even expecting the axe. Goodness me, such foresight, such prescience!
You do wonder how Cole reached this conclusion ahead of the announcement. No goals scored, a missed penalty, unable to get into the team of the club that currently sits at the bottom of the Premiership - and Carlton managed, through incredible powers of deduction, to conclude that Capello would not see him as the man to lead England's attack!
It seems to me that Carlton must have a career in football punditry. With this uncanny ability to understand the sub text of the game, he is surely ideally qualified to join messers Hansen, Shearer, Lawrence and Lineker. Of course, Alan and Gary could have no end of fun comparing their scoring records at club and international level with Carlton's and the two former Liverpool centre backs would revel in reminding Cole of how many times in his career he has scored against Woy's Weds - once in a West Ham shirt, in a 2-3 home defeat.