The penny has dropped’ for England’s Cole

ENGLAND goalkeeper Rob Green believes that Carlton Cole finally has what it takes to be an international footballer. Cole, 25, was called up to Fabio Capello s squad for this week s friendly clash with Spain, a remarkable turnaround from the days when he

ENGLAND goalkeeper Rob Green believes that Carlton Cole finally has what it takes to be an international footballer.

Cole, 25, was called up to Fabio Capello's squad for this week's friendly clash with Spain, a remarkable turnaround from the days when he was regularly booed by the West Ham fans.

And fellow England squad member Green feels that it is his new attitude that has earned him a call-up.

"It's really pleasing for 'Coley'," he said. "I think at some point the penny's kind of dropped for him. Things have started to fall into place and this is maybe a little teaser for what his potential is."


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Cole has scored 10 goals in claret and blue this campaign, his biggest ever seasonal tally, and it is a combination of things that have put him in the best form of his career.

He has been a regular in the team this season, something he has never had at any club he has been to, while he also has the faith of manager Gian-franco Zola.

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The little Italian has also worked one-on-one with the striker improving his movement and his shooting, but it is his attitude to training and games that have made the biggest difference.

"It will be a massive learning curve for him as it is for everyone when they go," explained the West Ham goalkeeper.

"You kind of go and all of a sudden the standard is another step up.

"It'll be interesting for him and it will be interesting for everyone and I'm sure he will do great."

Cole took his time to work his way into the West Ham team, so will it be the same story for the national side?

"I don't think he will be fazed by England," insisted Green. "One of his great attributes is that he doesn't think too much - he'll be okay."

Zola himself felt that Cole did his reputation no harm at all against United.

"If I was Fabio Capello, I would have got a very good impression from him," said the other Italian coach.

"Especially in the second half, he kept them all the time on the alert.

"He was very, very good and I think he is going to be a very good player for England.

"He had a couple of opportunities today, but to be honest, their defence does not concede very much. Every time he controlled the ball in the box, he had one man on top of him straight away.

"Carlton is a player who is improving and I'm sure that he is going to get better and better."

A stint with Capello and the rest of the England squad can only do him good, and that could be a great benefit to West Ham United.

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