Watching brief for Cole

Carlton Cole hopes becoming a telly addict will aid him in his bid this weekend to add to his international experience.

The West Ham United hitman, who has travelled with England for Saturday's FIFA World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan, has been viewing footage of some of the world's top forwards, including Internazionale's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Chelsea's Didier Drogba, and also watching his compatriots closely like Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies.

Cole also revealed that he has been discussing the art of being a modern-day target-man with Ivory Coast international Drogba and Aston Villa's Norway international John Carew.

"I've been speaking to Drogba and watching Kevin Davies as he is one of the greatest in the Barclays Premier League at holding up the ball. I also watch Ibrahamovic and other similar players to me, big powerful players who can cause defenders problems. These are the kind of players I like to watch.

"I talk to Didier a lot and he feels that I can progress even further than I have and I am happy that he thinks of me highly. I talk to John Carew as he scores goals wherever he goes. Hopefully I can do that one day."

Aside from his chats with Drogba and Carew, Cole has spent endless hours in front on his sofa watching recordings of strikers with the same characteristics the he possesses, namely power, pace and persistence, in a concerted effort to improve his own all-round game.

"This season I have worked on my game and I looked at DVDs and watched other players play, watching what they do and taking things from their play and to put into mine and trying to implement it on the training pitch and do it on the pitch on a Saturday, so it has been a lot of hard work away from the field."