Hodgson - Zamora for England
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has backed Bobby Zamora and believes he can become a part of the England set-up.
By Danny Wright
Last Updated: 07/12/09 12:50pm
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson believes striker Bobby Zamora is good enough to play for England.
With the World Cup in South Africa fast approaching, Zamora has been revitalised under Hodgson this season at Craven Cottage.
The former West Ham striker has bagged six goals in all competitions this season - already surpassing last season's tally of four.
Hodgson praised the 28-year-old's response to criticism from some Fulham fans and hightlighted his contribution to the Cottagers' cause.
Zamora scored the winner in the 1-0 triumph over Sunderland and celebrated angrily towards the home supporters, a win which extended their unbeaten run to four matches.
"Maybe he reads too many of these blogs that people write in to," Hodgson said.
"Our fans in the Hammersmith End actually constantly chant his name. But these people who write into the club's blogs, they're the real experts and they want something that he's not been able to give them - 30 goals a year. But he has been a key player for us."
Hodgson likened Zamora to Emile Heskey, who is expected to take his place in Fabio Capello's squad for next summer's finals in the 'target man' role.
The Villa striker is expected to be on the plane for South Africa despite a less than prolific scoring record on both the club and international front.
Zamora could play for Trinidad and Tobago but is eligible for England should Capello give the Fulham man the call.
And Hodgson says his striker can offer the Three Lions something different in attack as they look to win their first World Cup since 1966.
"It was quite interesting being on a panel (on Sky Sports News) with Terry Venables the other day, discussing World Cup squads," Hodgson said. "He's got experience of that from Euro 96 and me from the World Cup.
"You could also make a case for one or two more unusual selections, players who maybe have something a little bit extra. He was talking about Ledley King.
"If you perpetuated that argument, you might come up with an argument for someone like a Bobby Zamora, the type of player who we don't have too many like in the English Premiership."