Jol talks up Zamora chances

Zamora missed two good chances to mark his full international debut

with a goal in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Sweden and afterwards branded

his own performance as “not the greatest”. But with Wayne Rooney

suspended for the group stages of the tournament, there is a place

in attack up for grabs and Jol says Zamora can feel the breach. “He

was very quick to call himself, but players know when they haven’t

played well,” said Jol. “When a striker scores, he has done well.

“It’s about performances so if he gets another chance or a couple

of chances, he will take it because he is different. “They are all

different. Darren Bent is different, Jermain Defoe is different,

Wayne Rooney certainly is different. And I don’t feel they have a

lot of players who are a real number nine who can hold up the ball.

“It’s up to the manager – if he wants to play with a goalscorer,

then Bent is probably the best goalscorer in England, he’s

certainly different to Bobby. “But if you play Bobby with offensive

midfield players he can be very useful. If you play him on his own

with a flat midfield, you are better playing Darren Bent. “They

give all the options so I think Capello will think about taking him

because he is a different sort of number nine. “Capello will know

he is a number nine who will hold the ball up all the time. His

first touch is very good, he’s good in the box, he’s a link-up

number nine. “Peter Crouch is probably similar. He’s better than

people give him credit for at holding the ball. But Bobby is

probably the most gifted. “He’s not only a link-up player, not an

immobile number nine, he’s an intelligent number nine. He’s very

versatile.” Zamora will be back in action when Fulham head to

Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday. And Jol is hoping to

reap the benefits of having a player desperate to prove himself

over the rest of the season. “Even if you are not involved in the

national team you should be motivated and I think he is,” added the

Dutchman. “It certainly gives you an extra dimension playing for

the national team and hopefully he’ll be involved. I think it can

certainly help.” Jol will be without Stephen Kelly at the Stadium

of Light after the defender suffered a groin injury on Republic of

Ireland duty last week.