Fulham striker Bobby Zamora has been handed a first call-up to the England squad for the forthcoming friendly against Hungary.
Fabio Capello included the Fulham forward in his 23-man squad as he prepares his team for the UEFA European Championship 2012 qualification campaign which starts in September.
Zamora enjoyed a fine 2009/10 season which saw his goals help fire Fulham to the final of the UEFA Europa League and secure a comfortable mid-table finish in the Barclays Premier League.
Fulham manager Mark Hughes was clearly pleased to see Zamora named in the squad.
“We’re delighted for Bobby. What Bobby’s got to do is build on last year. If he has a similar season this year, we will benefit and obviously England will benefit. You can see the qualities he has. He’s a good player and he needs to kick on and be one of the main players in the Premier League. If he has an opportunity and gets the shirt it’s all about grasping that opportunity and not allowing the progress that he’s made to waver and wane.”
England squad in full:
Ben Foster (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers)
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)
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)
Darren Bent (Sunderland), Carlton Cole (West Ham United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Bobby Zamora (Fulham)