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Carlton Cole feels ready for West Ham start

Carlton Cole is confident he is fit enough for West Ham United's first team.

The striker who began his second spell with the Hammers was substituted in the final moments of a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League on Monday evening.

He told West Ham TV: "I want to get back into the thick of things now. I had a taste of the bench on Saturday against Manchester City and I just wanted to get on so much.

"The manager felt it was best not to throw me in at the deep end so fast, to try and get this game under my belt and be available for selection in the other first team games."

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