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Teddy Sheringham, the skilled creative forward, often brought the best of Alan Shearer and almost helped England to a European Championship final. It’s a tall order to emulate the former Tottenham forward, but Bobby Zamora doesn’t do things by halves.

The Fulham striker, who faced the media today just two days after being handed his first call-up to the England squad, sees himself as a Sheringham sort of player and hopes to release Wayne Rooney to run riot on the international stage.

I like having the ball up to me and bringing people into play. If they can bring the ball up to me, I would like to think I can hold it up and bring Wayne in and the guys from midfield.