Zamora wants to keep place
Fulham striker Bobby Zamora wants to keep his place in Fabio Capello's England squad.
Last Updated: 12/08/10 2:06pm
Fulham striker Bobby Zamora wants to keep his place in Fabio Capello's England squad after making his international debut.
The 29-year-old came on as a substitute in the 2-1 friendly victory over Hungary on Wednesday to finally make his first appearance at full international level, having missed out on a possible World Cup call-up due to an Achilles operation.
Capello used the match to look at some players who could become part of a new-look England squad in Euro 2012 qualifying, with the likes of Peter Crouch overlooked for the Wembley match.
And after only being denied a debut goal by two athletic saves from Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, Zamora, who scored 21 times in all competitions last season, hopes that he did enough to impress.
"I was slightly unlucky not to get a goal, the keeper pulled off a couple of great saves," he said.
"I hoped to round my debut off with a goal but it wasn't to be. I was quite pleased with it though.
He added: "I want to stay in the squad now, definitely.
"We have some great strikers and it will be very tough to get in that squad. All I can do is score goals for Fulham. If I do that then hopefully I'll be included."
The likes of Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Wayne Rooney were booed by some sections of fans against Hungary as a result of their World Cup debacle, but Zamora thinks it is time to stop dwelling on the past.
"It wasn't easy for us but the lads showed some great character and the fire that everyone was looking for," he said. "I'd like to think that it showed everybody what England can do.
"For me, there's no point in dwelling on what's gone. We just have to focus on qualifying for the European Championship now."