Parker: Cole is England class

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West Ham midfielder Scott Parker has backed Carlton Cole to establish himself in the England squad despite his blunder in front of Fabio Capello on Sunday.

Cole's backpass led directly to Jermain Defoe's equaliser at Upton Park as Tottenham went on to claim a 2-1 win - but Cole had opened the scoring with a spectacular volley and stretched the visitors' defence as a lone striker.

"Carlton has got all the attributes to be a big player for us and at international level. Everyone could see against Spurs he's got massive strength," said Parker.

"He can bring people into the game as well and he's got a massive season ahead of him. If he does well this season I think he'll definitely be pushing to get into the England side.

"He scored a great goal and he's made a mistake but that could have happened to any of us out there, it's part and parcel of football. You put yourself on offer like Coley does and you are going to make mistakes."

Technical director Gianluca Nani and chief executive Scott Duxbury are looking to add at least one more forward before the transfer window closes.

Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh has "rejected" a move but the Hammers are understood still to be working on the deal, while Lazio's Goran Pandev and Livorno's Alessandro Diamanti have been linked in Italy with playing for Zola.

"We would love to bring some more players in," Parker added. "Our squad is very, very short and we are short on numbers. We all understand the situation we are in and it's what we have to work with.

"We have to dig in - and we'll do that and try and get some results. If we play and perform like we did against Spurs we'll be okay.

"There's no hiding the fact that Tottenham are going to be up there this year, they are a very good side and have a very good squad. If we can perform like we did against them there's not going to be many teams who can live with us."

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