Nigerian international to play for England?
By Steve Turner
Monday 22 Sep 2008 13:11:00
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It appears West Ham's very own resident Nigerian international, Carlton Cole Okirie, is now being tipped for a call up to the England squad.

New manager Zola is getting a little bit carried away if he thinks that the hard-working but ultimately goal-shy Cole is worth a call-up in the near future is going to happen.

"I know Carlton from Chelsea," said Zola. "He knows that he needs to improve a few things but he has all the qualities to play for the national team. It's all down to him."


Down to him, maybe. It would also be down to him to convince England fans that attempts to play for another national team were an accident and he doesn't just want international football at any cost.

Cole is a great player for West Ham, especially as one to back up the main strikers or add a new dimension to the side in certain games.

But unless he evolves quickly into the 'new Heskey' then he'll struggle to make any impact on the national side.

Harry...we found an old phone in a drawer at home. It used to belong to the missus. If you want it, it's yours...only five years old.

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