Bobby Zamora, who is expected to be the only member of the England starting eleven tomorrow night who didn’t appear at the World Cup, is hoping that his first England cap will top what he admits has been ‘a crazy week’.
The Fulham striker, who scored 19 goals last season and starred as the Whites went all the way to the Europa League final, was called up by Fabio Capello on Saturday after scoring the equaliser in his side’s 5-1 win over Werder Bremen. Zamora became a father on last week and has spent the last few days getting used to having his new-born twins at home. He’s hoping that a potential debut against Hungary at Wembley tomorrow evening will make up for the disappointment of not being able to compete for a place in South Africa after being troubled by an Achilles injury towards the end of last season.
It has been a crazy week, but very enjoyable, so I am going to try to enjoy it all. The twins were born last Monday, they came out [of hospital] on Friday, then I had a match on Saturday, was back home for one day and then I was away with England, so I have not seen them as much as I wanted to, but I am sure I will find some time when I get back home.
The twins, Gisele and Siena, are a massive part of my life now, and with getting the call-up to play for your country is a massive honour. I am lost for words. I am extremely proud to be called up to play for my country.
Last year was a bit disappointing that I could not go to the World Cup because of my injury, but I guess that is life. Going and not doing either myself or the country justice says it all – you cannot go if you are not 100%, that is not fair on anybody, so in that sense the decision was quite easy.
It had to be sorted over the summer, it has been operated on and feels 100% now, so I am looking forward to doing well for England. I have been training well, and certainly do not feel out of place. At the moment, it is one step at a time – hopefully I can get this cap under my belt and look to push on, to do well. If I get my chance, I am going to grab it.