Bobby Zamora is desperate to make the most of his opportunity to impress Fabio Capello against Sweden tomorrow night and earn a place on the plane to Euro 2012.
The Fulham striker will be paired alongside Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge for the Wembley friendly having been an unused substitute in Saturday’s backs-to-the-wall win over world champions Spain. Zamora watched as Darren Bent toiled as the lone front man at the weekend and will need to impress as the battle to be Wayne Rooney’s replacement in Poland and Ukraine heats up.
Zamora, 30, has been unlucky with injuries since making his England debut against Hungary at Wembley last August. He was honest enough to admit that a niggling knee injury would rule him out of the World Cup when he came under serious consideration for Capello but wants to turn in a top performance against the Swedes to propel him up the pecking order.
I’m looking forward to Tuesday, I can’t wait for the opportunity. I’m ready now. I want to play. But you’re training with the best, it’s a good education and then I’ll do my best when the chance comes. Every game does feel like a trial but you have to take your chance and that’s what I intend to do. I want to keep playing well, keep going in the league.
It’s been a bit up and down for me recently. But you have to work hard and take your opportunities when they come.