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Posted by Phil Mison on 08/08/2010

Now whoever thought we'd actually be singing that refrain without a trace of irony two seasons ago? Congratulations Zamo on a remarkable transformation and reward for sheer dogged determination.

Fabio Capello announces his first England squad for the Hungary friendly next week after our World Cup humiliation and - knowing that Fab is a keen follower of this blog, I predict here a start and first England cap for player of the season Bobby Zamora!

On good authority I understand overtures were made to the club regarding Bobby's form in pre-season and the condition of his ankle after that op last May. Although Jimmy Bullard also got called into the England set-up at Bisham Abbey in 2008 this time I'm fully expecting Super Bobby Zee to get some game time against Hungary.

This would give Zamo the distinction of being the first Fulham player to actually represent England during his time at the Cottage since George Cohen back in the 1960's.

With Emile Heskey's long overdue retirement from the national side and Peter Crouch currently unsettled at the Lane, Bob will be vying with Carlton Cole and Darren Bent for that England centre-forward shirt. Although both have pace and youth on their side, Capello is likely to look to the greater poise and all-round ability of Zamora to bring out the best in those around him, most notably Wayne Rooney - a forlorn and unhappy figure in South Africa.

Many observers feel that Bob had done enough to make the plane south last June, but for that aggravating and untimely achilles injury. Having dodged the World cup debacle, and with Capello aware he has to provide England fans with a fresh outlook for the national side, step up to the plate Fulham's Bobby Zamora. WELL DONE BOB!


Posted by growly on 08/08/2010

Zat Knight made two appearances for England under Erickson on a tour of the USA a few years ago, so Zamora will not be the first since George Cohen

Posted by Seth on 08/08/2010

Bobby Z is a hard working player who gives 100% eveytime he plays. He can hold the ball and wait for others to join him, he wins the ball well. he is strong, always in shape and somewhat speedy.

Unfortunately, his skill level is nowhere near the others in the EPL. He lacks the ability to concentrate and close on the goal. He often shoots too hard when a simple tap in is all that is needed.

I always wonder which Bobby Z is going to show up--good Bobby or bad Bobby. At his age he needs to learn how to become more consistent and reliable. I always hold my breath when he is on the field.

We need to start thinking about his replacement as he is on the wrong side of 28, the age when strikers start to lose a step or two.

I do like bobby Z, but I also fear that he will take several steps backwards this year and that doesn't fair well for us.

Let's get going with soe signings (midfield, striker, keeper.

Posted by Aussie John on 08/08/2010

I could not beleive reading that George Cohen was the last player from Fulham to pull on an England shirt.

To think I have spent a lifetime in Australia (Arrived in 1965) and we have not had a player deemed that good in all that time.

Lets start another very productive new season with BOBBY for ENGLAND. He deserves it for his hard work,and his strength on the ball will also help others around him.

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