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Zebroski: Promotion on cards

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Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:09:00

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha insists that his words were twisted after he was quoted in interviews claiming he only looks up to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

More than one national carried interviews with Zaha, who was called into the senior England squad on Sunday, where he quoted as saying he only respects the best two players in the world.

But Zaha has took to Twitter to play down the quotes, after a number of people questioned his attitude in the light of the remarks.

Just to clear things up, when I say I don't see anyone better than me I just say that to boost my confidence when I get on the field," he Tweeted.

"Thanks for all the supportive messages and those who understood my interview wasn't me trying to arrogant.

"But I will learn from this and explain in further detail what I mean when I make certain statements

"My words were absolutely twisted and taken the wrong way in my last interview.

"I know there's players out there better then me so please don't take my words the wrong way #thanks."

Ivory Coast-born Zaha is expected to be given his debut for England against Sweden on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old, who has withdrawn from Denmark's friendly in Turkey on Tuesday in order not to aggravate the injury, took his place alongside the incoming Jamie Carragher for the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge as his regular centre-back partner had a virus.

And while he felt he should have sat out that game Agger is hopeful he will be fit to face Wigan on Saturday.

"I should not have played on Sunday but Skrtel became ill and there was not much I could do. I was thrown into it," he told TV2 in Denmark.

"I have a pulled groin. It was something that should have kept me out on Sunday but it did not. I played the game.

"It takes hopefully only a few days (to recover).

"The reason why I have cancelled for Wednesday is that it is a bit early to play three days after I played 90 minutes with a groin problem."

Any suggestion of injury to Agger immediately sets alarm bells ringing as the Dane has had his fair share of problems over the last few years.

However, he has forged an impressive partnership with Skrtel over the last 18 months and has played every minute of every Premier League match this season except the last 32 of the opening game against West Brom, after being sent off, and the subsequent 90 against Manchester City as he served a suspension.

Agger's confidence in possession and ability to bring the ball out from the back means he has become a key part of manager Brendan Rodgers' strategy this season.

But his performances over the last 12 months have already earned him recognition after he was named Denmark's Player of the Year for the second time.

"Winning this award is one of the greatest things you can achieve as a Danish footballer," said the national team captain, who first won the award in 2008.

"I'm really committed to spending all my time involved in football.

"I have to admit that there were times when I doubted that I would ever stand here.

"I have been down and out with injuries but awards like this make me want to keep going.

"It is my attitude that means I am standing in this position."

Richard Lee, Toumani Diagouraga, Jonathan Douglas, Shaleum Logan and Harry Forrester are all entering the final 12 months of their contacts and Rosler is hopeful they'll follow the lead of Moore.

"We took a very important step to secure Simon Moore - now we will speak to the other players who have been stable performers for us," he told the Hounslow Chronicle.

"This is a squad who we have built over 18 months. We have players of a good age group who will get better the longer they play together.

"But we will not do it at any price. Our budget hasn't changed over the past three seasons and it won't next year either if we're in League One.

"Thanks to the stability of the owner, we're in a position where we can speak to players earlier and it's important our assets are secured."

The former Torquay striker struck his fourth goal of the season with five minutes to go to beat Burton on Saturday, a victory that meant Mark Yates' side are now only five points behind leaders Gillingham ahead of the trip to Rotherham.

"I think it's quite open in this league and I have been with some good teams at this level before, but I look at our squad and I know we have the players for it," Zebroski told the Gloucestershire Echo. "If we can keep everyone fit, then we can get promoted this year definitely."

The 26-year-old has now scored in his last two home games but knows he has to stay on top of his game if he is to remain in the side with Darryl Duffy and Jeff Goulding providing stiff competition.

"It's good for the manager to have options because we have four good strikers here and if I am not doing the business I know I won't be in the team for long," he said.

" I think I have been quite unlucky so far this season, hitting the bar and post few times, but as long as I'm creating chances I am confident I can put the ball in the back of the net. It's always nice to hit the back of the net and I've scored two in two at home so hopefully my luck has turned and I can keep that going now."

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