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Bobby Zamora got his first start for England against Sweden at Wembley tonight.

The Fulham striker toiled manfully as a lone striker and didn’t see an awful lot of the ball, but managed to contribute successfully to most of England’s attacks. He was withdrawn for Darren Bent after 69 minutes, having gone close with a couple of shots, and gave his reaction to talkSPORT:

I felt it went okay. Not the greatest, but it was hard work. I was unlucky not to put one of the two chances I had away.

It’s hard up front on your own – you’ve just got to work hard and try put yourself about and that’s what I tried to do today. If I could have nicked a goal that would have been brilliant but, as I say, the result was good.

We looked like a hard team to beat, which is the main thing. Keeping a clean sheet is very important as well. That’s two clean sheets now and, as I say, we’re looking solid and getting goals on the break is good for us.

I’ve just got to work hard at Fulham and keep doing what I’m doing. Obviously, the gaffer will be looking and watching and that’s all I can do. [A goal] always helps, I’m sure, but it was tough up there on my own and I just tried to hold the ball up and work hard.

Searingly honest. Well done, Bobby!