Zola - Cole ready for call-up

06 February 2009 05:52
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola believes playing for England would be beneficial for Carlton Cole.[LNB] The 25-year-old is in top form for the Hammers at present, scoring six times in the last eight games in all competitions.[LNB]He has established himself as a regular in the side and Zola hopes the former Chelsea player is being considered for an England call-up.[LNB]He said: "I hope he is considered because he is a very good player and he is not yet at the top of his game.[LNB]Still improve"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.[LNB]"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."[LNB]The Hammers entertain Manchester United on Sunday, in a game being shown live on Sky Sports 1 at 4pm.[LNB]The match will see Cole reach a personal milestone of 150 games as a professional, in which he has scored 26 times.[LNB]The West Ham boss thinks the former Chelsea trainee, who played alongside Zola at Stamford Bridge, is improving all the time.[LNB]Changed attitudeHe added: "His attitude has changed. When he was at Chelsea he was very young and it was difficult for him to get a chance.[LNB]"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.[LNB]"A successful player is the one that knows where he has to get and Carlton Cole has all the attributes to be a winner."[LNB]While United are on a record-breaking run of 12 successive clean sheets in the Premier League, Zola has spotted chinks in their armour.[LNB]He added: "I watched some videos of United and spotted some things that can be good for us.[LNB]"We give them a lot of respect but we can cause them problems. Everyone has weaknesses and it's up to us to exploit that. We are very confident right now."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports