Shorey grateful for Forest loan

The 28-year-old was out of favour at Aston Villa but a short-term

move to Championship side Forest led to Fulham making a move for

the defender during the January transfer window. Cottagers boss Roy

Hodgson has started Shorey in Fulham’s last four games, all of

which have resulted in clean sheets. “I’ve enjoyed it,” said the

former Reading defender. “The games have come thick and fast since

I joined here so that’s the best way, to just get out and play.

“There’s nothing worse than not playing. I really loved my time at

Nottingham Forest and was looking forward to going back when this

move came out of nowhere. “It’s all thanks to Forest for giving me

the games otherwise I would still be at Villa kicking my heels. It

all happened really quickly and it’s great I could come back to the

Premier League.” Shorey has two England caps from Steve McClaren’s

reign and although he is clearly behind Wayne Bridge and Stephen

Warnock in the fight to deputise for injured Ashley Cole, his loan

to Fulham at least gives him a chance to catch Fabio Capello’s eye.

“I’m just enjoying playing my football,” he said. “I’ve played for

England before and I really enjoyed it but I’ll leave that for

other people to talk about.” One Fulham player who has put himself

in the frame for England is Bobby Zamora, who has 13 goals this

season. “He’s a big target man who can do the lot – so why not?”

Shorey added. Zamora scored in the 4-0 win over Notts County in the

FA Cup at the weekend, setting up a quarter-final clash against

Bolton or Tottenham. “It’s a great competition to win but I’ve

never been too far in the FA Cup before,” Shorey said. “When I was

at Reading we focused on trying to stay in the Premier League so we

changed the team about a bit. This is the furthest I’ve been.”

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is hoping to go one better than a

year ago when they reached the last eight but were humbled by

Manchester United. Schwarzer said: “Obviously last time round it

wasn’t very good for us at all against Manchester United. They

played very well that day and deserved to beat us but who knows

what will happen this time.” Before that, Fulham play Shakhtar

Donetsk in the Europa League on Thursday. “They will be a tough

side and Thursday’s match will be a totally different game against

totally different opposition – it’s going to be a lot more

difficult than Sunday’s game was in the end,” he said.