Today’s Daily Telegraph tips Bobby Zamora to start England’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro this evening.
The Telegraph’s Jason Burt says that Fabio Capello is considering selecting the Fulham striker alongside Wayne Rooney. The rumour mill all week had suggested that the England coach was preparing to play Danny Welbeck up front with his Manchester United team-mate but even though the youngster has impressed in training, Capello believes he is too inexperienced for a match of this magnitude.
Capello is thought to have opted for Zamora – a much stronger striker – because he believes England will need to win a physical battle against Montenegro if they are to earn the point they require to reach the finals. The England coach also feels that Zamora will offer more in terms of holding the ball up and linking the play than Darren Bent or Andy Carroll. Zamora’s only previous international appearance came as a substitute in the friendly victory over Hungary at Wembley last August.
Capello is expected to pair Gary Cahill, a scorer for England in Bulgaria last month, with John Terry at the heart of the defence but could give Phil Jones a debut at right back. Chris Smalling, who had filled the full-back position against Bulgaria and Wales in the two previous qualifiers in out injured, so Capello’s choice comes down to either playing Jones in an unfamiliar role on debut or picking Phil Jagielka. Scott Parker is thought to be likely to play alongside Gareth Barry in central midfield, leaving Frank Lampard on the bench.