Roy Hodgson is confident that Bobby Zamora will have impressed Fabio Capello with his starring role in Fulham’s 2-1 win over Birmingham City yesterday.
Zamora curled home his 15th goal of the season from a last-minute free-kick to seal the victory and the Fulham manager believes his striker will have already made the England coach sit up and take notice.
Capello will have been impressed. I know the fans were chanting his name for England and that was quite right.
Capello knows football very well and is a person I regard as a friend. I’ve got every faith in his judgment.
If he believes Bobby can do a job for him he’ll pick him. I’m sure that being the good judge of a player that he is, he’ll have gone away realising that in Bobby Fulham have a good player.
Bobby is performing like a true target-playing centre forward who brings his team-mates into the game and holds the ball up very well. But because he’s skilful he also scores goals.
Last year he did all of the things we wanted him to do but wasn’t lucky but this year he’s added the goals to his good play. That’s fortunate because Andy Johnson has not been available. Last year when people were criticising Bobby for not scoring goals, I had to balance that out.
I couldn’t argue because he wasn’t scoring enough goals, but he was doing a lot of other very good things that we needed him to do for the team.