Bobby Zamora has finally earned a deserved England call-up after Fabio Capello announced a new-look England squad for Wednesday’s friendly with Hungary at Wembley.
The Fulham striker, who scored 19 goals in an injury-hit campaign last season, is one of three new faces included in Capello’s first squad since the World Cup. Zamora, who scored the equaliser in Fulham’s 5-1 pre-season friendly success over Werder Bremen at Craven Cottage this afternoon, is joined by the uncapped Arsenal pair of Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere.
Ten of the players taken to South Africa earlier this summer are not included for Wednesday’s warm-up for the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Zamora’s competition for a starting spot alongside Wayne Rooney comes from Sunderland’s Darren Bent and the West Ham striker Carlton Cole.
ENGLAND SQUAD (TO PLAY HUNGARY AT WEMBLEY ON WEDNESDAY 11th AUGUST):
GOALKEEPERS: Ben Foster (Birmingham City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers).
DEFENDERS: Wes Brown (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), John Terry (Chelsea).
MIDFIELDERS: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Aston Villa), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
FORWARDS: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Carlton Cole (West Ham United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Bobby Zamora (Fulham).