Bobby Zamora’s England hopes have been lent support by his Fulham team-mate Chris Baird, who reckons Fabio Capello could do far worse than have a look at the striker in the run-up to the World Cup.
Roy Hodgson strongly denies suggesting that the England manager should pick Zamora, who looked set to make his international debut for Trinidad and Tobago earlier in the season, but is still eligible for his native side having not yet played for the Soca Warriors. Zamora, now truly establishing himself at the highest level after scoring important goals in Fulham’s last four matches, would do his World Cup hopes no harm by turning in a performance similar to last year’s display against Manchester United when the champions come to Craven Cottage tomorrow.
Baird, who has seen the former West Ham striker at first hand this season, says he’s worth a shot at international level.
If he keeps playing like this, why not put him in for a friendly and see how Bobby does? If Fabio Capello sees Bobby in this form then he has to give him a chance.
By the time the World Cup comes around there could be injuries or anything, so Bobby has to keep this form going and see what happens. Against Basle he was magnificent and could easily have had a hat-trick, so if he keeps this form up until May, he’s got to have every chance.
Capello might not be aware that England only ever win the World Cup with a Fulham player in the team, so somebody should let him know – and fast.
The critics out there have given him stick but Bobby’s always done fantastically well for us, I don’t care what anyone says.
He’ll miss a few like anyone, but if he gets the service he’ll tuck more away than he misses. And his all-round game – his hold-up play, bringing people in around him, work-rate when we haven’t got the ball – is second to none in my opinion.
He’s absolutely vital to Fulham and long may his current form continue.
In a wide-ranging interview with BBC Northern Ireland, Baird also touched on the impact Hodgson’s had at Fulham.
Since the gaffer came to Fulham he has done amazing things. To keep us up in his first season was incredible enough, but to finish seventh last season was just magnificent. The boys are all playing for him, we’re all happy he’s here and we don’t want to lose him.
I can’t see any reason why Roy couldn’t do the [England] job. He knows international football, did a great job with the Swiss and has phenomenal experience of the game.
Obviously England have got a good manager at the moment, but if the job did become available I’m sure they would give Roy the opportunity to talk to them at least and take it from there.