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Roy Hodgson says Bobby Zamora’s fine form means he has no regrets about his failure to sign Peter Crouch.

The England international turned down Fulham in the summer to sign for his former manager Harry Redknapp instead and Crouch is likely to start for Spurs at Craven Cottage on Boxing Day. Rather than missing the tall Tottenham striker, Hodgson says he’s been delighted with Zamora’s form – and especially pleased that the former West Ham striker turned down a possible switch to Hull.

No I don’t wish we had signed Crouch because luckily Bobby Zamora has come up trumps and has played so well. Crouch had the chance to join Fulham or Tottenham and he chose them. That meant we were able to keep Bobby. With Bobby playing well it’s not something we’ve missed.

When Bobby was on his way to Hull, as was being mooted at the time, it would have been much more problematic for us. Peter made his decision and we’re pleased he’s doing well but we’ve survived with the players we have.

Hodgson hopes to continue Fulham’s good run against Tottenham on Boxing Day, but knows he will be in for a tough test.

I’m pleased to be playing Tottenham on the back of a couple of good results against Basle and Manchester United because they are in excellent form. In fact, they’ve been in excellent form since Harry Redknapp has been manager there.