England picks Zamora for Euro 2012 qualifier

England picks Zamora for Euro 2012 qualifier

Published May. 23, 2011 6:18 p.m. ET

England picked Bobby Zamora on Monday for the first time since August after coach Fabio Capello named his 26-man squad for next month's 2012 European Championship qualifier against Switzerland.

The striker was injured for much of the season but was pivotal in Fulham's late climb to eighth in the Premier League standings, scoring four goals in 11 matches.

With Andy Carroll injured and Wayne Rooney suspended, Zamora is one of four strikers alongside Aston Villa's Darren Bent and Tottenham pair Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand also returns after missing several matches because of injury, with the captaincy passing back to John Terry in the meantime.


After a dismal second-round exit from last year's World Cup, England is top of qualifying Group G after four games on goal difference from Montenegro.

England hosts Switzerland on June 4, when Montenegro hosts Bulgaria.


Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City), David Stockdale (Fulham).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (West Ham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa).

Strikers: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Bobby Zamora (Fulham).