Capello tips Cole for big future after giving striker place in England squad

08 February 2009 05:04
Fabio Capello believes Carlton Cole could have a big England future after naming the West Ham

striker in his squad for the friendly against Spain.

Cole was given his first call-up and could feature in Wednesday's match against the European champions in Seville.

Capello said: 'Cole gets better and better in every game. His movement and his strength impress me.

Carlton Cole challenging Nemanja Vidic during West Ham's clash with Manchester United on Sunday

'When he is in front of goal he has to be calmer. Sometimes he is too fast and he wants to shoot too quickly.

Cole has been in fine goalscoring form recently for West Ham

'But he is young - he is interesting.'

Cole has scored ten goals this season, with six goals in his last eight appearances.

James Milner is the other new boy in Capello's squad, with the midfielder enjoying a superb season for high-flying Aston Villa.

But most eyes on Wednesday will inevitably be on David Beckham, with the former captain expected to be handed his 108th cap, equalling the legendary Bobby Moore.

Capello said: 'Beckham is a very important player, his form is OK now and he is very fit now, too. I've watched him in Milan and my assistants Franco Baldini and Italo Galbiati have seen him in some other games.

'Every player in the squad has to play, not just train. This is very important for David and for us. He is better than he was six months ago.'

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