Joe Cole to make Aston Villa debut at Mansfield Town

Joe Cole. Picture by Barrington Coombs/PA Wire

Joe Cole. Picture by Barrington Coombs/PA Wire

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Former England star Joe Cole will make his Aston Villa debut at Mansfield tonight.

The 32-year-old, capped 56 times by England and featuring in three World Cups, will start the first half before Villa make a host of changes at half-time.

Former Manchester United star Kieran Richardson will play the second half.

Villa (first half): Given, Lowton, Okore, Clark, Bennett, Bacuna, Carruthers, Delph, Tonev, Cole, Agbonlahor.

Villa (second half): Steer, Herd, Westwood, Baker, Hutton, El Ahmadi, Gardner, Richardson, N’Zogbia, Bent, Weimann. Subs: Grealish, Stevens.