Zola: Cole ready for England

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West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola believes Carlton Cole should be considered for an England call-up.

The 25-year-old is in a rich vein of form at the moment with six goals in the last eight games for the Hammers, who host Manchester United on Sunday.

Zola said: "I hope he is considered because he is a very good player and he is not yet at the top of his game."

He added: "He can still improve. He is working hard every day and getting more confident and if he plays for England it will be good for him and for England.

"I'm not the one who can tell Capello what to do because he knows more about football than I do, but I am sure he will be considering him."

Whether Capello gives Cole a chance remains to be seen, however, as Sunday's clash will be only his 150th game as a professional and the former Chelsea trainee, who played alongside Zola at Stamford Bridge, has just 26 career goals to his name.

Zola is confident, however, that those totals would soon be rising.

He said: "His attitude has changed. When he was at Chelsea he was very young and it was difficult for him to get a chance.

"Now he has realised he has a big opportunity. He needed to become more convinced about himself and become a problem for the opposition. He is getting better and better.

"A successful player is the one that knows where he has to get and Carlton Cole has all the attributes to be a winner."

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Carlton Cole
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