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.”