Yesterday afternoon all the talk was of Danny Welbeck partnering Wayne Rooney up front in England’s crunch Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro tomorrow night. But today’s Daily Star hints that Fabio Capello is considering handing a surprise start to Fulham striker Bobby Zamora.
The thought behind this is simple: Zamora’s capabilities as a support striker, with his physicality and ability to hold the ball in attacking areas, could be very useful when England need to keep the ball and frustrate their hosts. As an England insider reportedly notes, it comes down to where Capello believes Montenegro are weak:
But if he’s convinced that the weakness is playing in the hole between the lines, then he will play Zamora, because he will be able to hold the ball, keep it and deliver it into space for somebody.
Zamora’s had something of a stop-start season with Fulham so far, having been frustrated by illness and injury. He scored his fifth goal of the campaign in Sunday’s 6-0 win over QPR and will be hoping to add to his only England cap tomorrow evening – the first having come as a substitute against Hungary at Wembley last August.