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Debate: should Fulham's Bobby Zamora be considered for England's World Cup squad?
Published : 19 Feb 2010 11:14:35
Zamora was exceptional against the Ukranians, setting up Zoltan Gera's opening goal and securing a 2-1 victory with a stunning 25-yard strike. His club manager Roy Hodgson praised the former Brighton striker's all-round game as well as his recent prolific form that has seen him score 14 goals in 31 appearances this season. Related ArticlesHodgson: Zamora can break 20-goal barrierHodgson: Shakhtar win our best in EuropeFulham 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 1Europa League tablesEuropa League fixturesFulham v Birmingham City: preview 'Apart from his usual accomplished performance as a target player, setting things up, winning challenges and working very hard, his touch for the first goal was excellent, a touch of real quality,' said Hodgson. Zamora's strength and power, along with his ability to hold up the ball and bring others in to play could be the perfect foil for Rooney should Capello elect to start with two strikers in the World Cup finals in South Africa. Emile Heskey has played that role in the past but Zamora carries more of a goal threat to go along with the work rate and ability to give opposition defences a physical battle. Darren Bent and Carlton Cole appear to be challenging Heskey for a place in the squad and Zamora has the pace and strength to match either the Sunderland or West Ham striker. Questions remain over Zamora's consistency and a previous best Premier League goals haul of 11 does not guarantee goals at the highest level but Capello is insistent that he will select his squad on form not reputation. Has Zamora's recent success been timed perfectly to earn him a surprise place on the plane or will the fact that he plays for one of the less fashionable clubs in the top flight and a lack of Champions League experience count against him? Have your say below...