Roy plays down Zamora comments

Hodgson was widely quoted this week claiming Zamora was a player

who could earn a call-up to Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad – a

link he said he did not make. Hodgson said: “I was asked whether

there was space in Capello’s squad for a player who comes in from

the left – how anyone can interpret that as me saying he should

play for England is almost laughable. “I’ve been a national coach

in three countries and the thing I hated most was a club coach

saying I should pick his player. I have vowed never to do that and

I never will. “There’s an awful long way between saying what I said

and touting Bobby Zamora to play for England.” But Hodgson was

still keen to praise Zamora’s performance after he struck the

visitors ahead before Wade Elliott volleyed Burnley a share of the

points. Hodgson added: “Bobby is playing well. He had a slight

knock at half-time but he managed to carry on and he scored a good

goal. He’s leading the line very well.” Hodgson said he was

reasonably happy with a point but admitted frustration that his

side could not build on a catalogue of missed opportunities in the

first half. Hodgson added: “It was a difficult place to come and if

I’d been offered a point before the game I would have been tempted.

“But after the way we played in the first half I think I can be a

little bit disappointed that we didn’t take all three points.”

Burnley boss Owen Coyle said he had “a lot to be pleased about”

after the way his side fought back from a goal behind on the back

of two tough away defeats. Coyle said: “Any point in the Premier

League is hard-earned and we picked ourselves up off the floor and

scored a great goal and might have added to it. “We committed

players forward and I felt we showed a lot of qualities today and

it could turn out to be a very valuable point. “We know the quality

in the Premier League and it’s a learning curve for us. But the

players have an appetite for it and a quality and we play the right

way.” Coyle picked out Chris Eagles for special praise after the

midfielder’s tireless performance which helped change the game in

his side’s favour. Coyle added: “Eagles was outstanding. He was out

on his legs and he gave everything and on that form, if he does it

every week, then the world is his oyster.”