West Ham striker Carlton Cole has saluted Gianfranco Zola for giving him a regular place in the side.
Cole has been in fine form in recent weeks, scoring six goals in his last eight games in all competitions, with the Hammers recording six wins and two draws in that spell.
And the former Chelsea forward, who had spells on loan with Wolves, Charlton and Aston Villa earlier in his career, believes he is benefiting from the Italian's management style.
Cole has established himself in Zola's starting XI and admits knowing he has the full backing of the Upton Park boss is a major boost for his confidence.
He told Sky Sports News: "The manager has put 100 per cent faith in me.
"That's all I needed. A manager to show me a lot of respect, play me week-in, week-out and say 'you can do it' and try and get the best out of me."
Cole has been mentioned as a contender for a place in Fabio Capello's England squad for next week's friendly international in Spain.
And while the powerful forward would love to see his name in the party which the Italian announces on Saturday, for now he is keen to concentrate on his club career.
West Ham's recent run will be put to the ultimate test on Sunday when Manchester United arrive in East London, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1.
Cole said: "It would mean everything in the world. It's the pinnacle of anybody's career if they can put on an England shirt.
"But right now I'm just focusing on West Ham and we are just focused on winning games."