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Zola hoping for Cole call-up
07 Feb 2009 - 12:10:58
In-form West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has been backed for an England call-up by Irons manager Gianfranco Zola.
The 25-year-old has scored six times in his last eight games for the Irons, having signed a new long-term contract at Upton Park earlier this season.
That form has prompted Zola to call for the former Chelsea frontman to be given a chance to impress in Fabio Capello's senior England set-up.
The Italian commented: "I hope he is considered because he is a very good player and he is not yet at the top of his game.
"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 Fabio Capello what to do because he knows more about football than I do, but I am sure he will be considering him.
"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 to and Carlton Cole has all the attributes to be a winner."