Hughes backs Bobby for England

The newly-appointed Cottagers boss was delighted to hear that his
striker was rewarded for a fine campaign last season by being
called up for Fabio Capello’s latest squad to play Hungary on
Wednesday. Zamora has yet to receive a cap for the Three Lions, but
Hughes has called upon the 29-year-old to cement a place in
Capello’s side midweek. “We’re delighted for Bobby. It’s
recognition for his fine play in recent times,” said the Cottagers
boss in the Daily Mail. “He looks a good player and he has to kick
on now and be one of the main players in the Premier League. “If he
has an opportunity and he gets the shirt, it’s all about grasping
it. He mustn’t allow the progress that he’s undoubtedly made in
recent times to waver. There’s a wind of change in the England
squad, and he may well benefit from that. “What Bobby’s got to do
is build on last year and the performances that have been
highlighted by Capello. If he has a similar season we benefit and
obviously England will, because we’ll both have a player with great
ability.” Zoltan Gera, Zamora’s Fulham team-mate, is likely to
line-up against England at Wembley on Wednesday and the Hungarian
ace insists his club colleague fully deserves his place in the
Three Lions set-up. Gera, who netted a hat trick for the Cottagers
at the weekend in their final pre-season game, said: “It doesn’t
matter how old you are, if you play well and deserve to play in the
best team in your country. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, it
matters how well you’re doing on the pitch. “What Bobby’s got to do
is build on last year and the performances that have been
highlighted by Capello. If he has a similar season we benefit and
obviously England will, because we’ll both have a player with great
ability.” “I said to Bobby, ‘See you on Wednesday, on the field, at
Wembley’. He had a fantastic season last season and he’s a quality
player. “England have lots of good young players, hungry players
and are a very good team so it’s going to be difficult for us.”