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Bobby in his Brighton days

Micky Adams will apparently miss out on a reunion with Bobby Zamora this evening but he’s already been in contact with the Fulham striker to congratulate him on making his England debut.

Adams signed Zamora for Brighton & Hove Albion and is credited for kickstarting the former Tottenham and West Ham striker’s career after he failed to secure a regular first-team spot at Bristol Rovers. Zamora scored 77 goals in 130 appearances during three years at Albion before moving to White Hart Lane in a deal worth £1.5m.

The former Fulham manager, who takes League Two Port Vale back to Craven Cottage tonight in the League Cup, told the Fulham Chronicle that he’d texted Zamora after the forward made his first appearance for his country against Hungary at Wembley a fortnight ago.

We texted each other last week before the England game to thank each other for the past at Brighton. I was proud of the fact he played for England and I hope he gets a few more opportunities.

Bobby is a great kid who always knew where the back of the net was. He was a very intelligent footballer, I didn’t have to tell him things twice and if I gave him a rollicking he didn’t sulk.

Zamora will be rested by Mark Hughes tonight ahead of Saturday’s trip to Blackpool as the new Fulham boss has decided to take a look at some of the squad players at his disposal. Hughes could hand a debut to Algerian international defender Rafik Halliche and a first start to new signing Moussa Demebele, as we reported yesterday.