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Cole enjoying settled life under Fabio

ENGLAND defender Ashley Cole believes a settled side and playing style are at the root of the turnaround in fortunes under manager Fabio Capello.<br /><br />The Italian has turned England from a side who failed to reach Euro 2008 to one who will clinch their place at the 2010 World Cup with a draw against Croatia next week.<br /><br />Chelsea full-back Cole has been a regular in Capello&rsquo;s England team and is convinced the former AC Milan coach has brought the best out of the squad.<br /><br />&ldquo;I think the England team is quite set in the players that play &ndash; we&rsquo;re not chopping and changing all the time. The manager knows his team and the squad he&rsquo;ll take if we get there. He knows the way we&rsquo;ll play and the lads he&rsquo;ll pick,&rdquo; said Cole.<br /><br />&ldquo;It feels settled, and people are starting to come into their own. Wayne Rooney, for instance, is playing very well &ndash; and we hope we can all play well up to end of the season and then do something very special with England in South Africa.&rdquo;<br /><br />Rooney has particularly flourished under Capello and tops the scoring charts in the European section of World Cup qualifying with eight goals in seven matches.<br /><br />The Manchester United striker has also begun the Premier League season in fine form, with four goals already to the 23-year-old&rsquo;s name.<br /><br />But Capello, whose side also face Slovenia in a friendly on Saturday, says there is more to come.<br /><br />&ldquo;Rooney is a really important player,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;He is incredible and young &ndash; he can improve a lot with more experience and confidence in himself.&rdquo;<br /><br />Last month England roared back from two down to draw a friendly against Holland, and Capello wants to see a repeat performance, but this time for 90 minutes.<br /><br />&ldquo;The priority is to recover the spirit,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;I think it will be really important to start like we finished in Holland.&rdquo;