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Gianfranco Zola has told goalkeeper Robert Green his improvement in form will win him an England recall.

West Ham manager Zola witnessed a stunning performance from Green in Monday's 0-0 draw at Liverpool, which lifted the Hammers to 13th in the Barclays Premier League table.

It also produced their third consecutive clean sheet. Zola said: "I have told Robert that if he continues to perform the way he is, he will be back in the England squad."

He added: "The England manager (Fabio) Capello knows what is the right thing to do, and Green knows he must continue to perform every week like he is now, and then he will be rewarded.

"I am delighted with Robert. He is looking very comfortable now. He was getting some stick but now he is getting the rewards he deserves. He is working very hard during the week and I am very pleased with him."

West Ham are unbeaten in three games and Zola said: "My ideas are starting to produce results.

"When I first arrived I wanted to improve the way we played, to be more offensive. But we discovered that we needed to improve in defence, and that is what we are trying to do.

"Our objective is to keep clean sheets and to score more goals. We will be working on that.

"The team is responding to what my staff and I are saying. They are keen to react and follow what we want, and that gives us hope for the future.

"My players are going through a good spell, we must not lose this momentum. Things had not been going well but things are now improving on our side of things, we must keep it going."

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