Bobby tipped to get England call
Bobby Zamora will be crossing his fingers his name is included
in the new-look England squad Fabio Capello unveils on Saturday
With Emile Heskey retired, Capello is on the look-out for a new
forward ahead of Wednesday’s tussle with Hungary at Wembley.
Capello would have picked Zamora in his 30-man provisional World
Cup squad had it not been for an Achilles injury that required an
operation and left the Fulham man fearing he would not do himself
justice in South Africa.
At 29, Zamora hardly represents a bright new future for
disgruntled Three Lions supporters and, in a sense, represents the
malaise affecting the England team.
But, having shown a reluctance to utilise the talents of both
Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor, Zamora should at least figure
in Capello’s squad.
There could be a strong Arsenal flavour to it too as Theo
Walcott, Kieran Gibbs and 18-year-old Jack Wilshere are all tipped
Wilshere was a notable absentee from Stuart Pearce’s Under-21
squad to face Uzbekistan, so the midfielder may be elevated to
senior ranks far sooner than many expected, although he did catch
the eye during an excellent half-season on loan at Bolton.
As Jack Rodwell and Danny Welbeck will be on Under-21 duty it is
difficult to see which other youngsters might gain selection aside
from Manchester City’s Adam Johnson, whose omission from the World
Cup looks like a mistake given the lack of impact from Blues
team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips and the other wide-man in South
Africa, Aaron Lennon.
The gamble of selecting Jamie Carragher and Ledley King despite
not playing any part in qualifying did not work and neither will be
considered for the Hungary game, which serves as a warm-up to next
month’s Euro 2012 double-header with Bulgaria and Switzerland.
Instead, Everton’s Phil Jagielka, who might well have been in
South Africa anyway but for the serious knee injury that kept him
out for 10 months, could fill a spot along with Michael Dawson of
The other area where England are down on manpower is
James’ move to the Championship and Bristol City effectively
ended his international career and there must be serious question
marks over Robert Green ever being asked to play for his country
It means that a battle is now expected between Joe Hart and Ben
Foster, who was preferred to the Manchester City keeper for matches
against Belarus and Brazil last term, to become Capello’s