Murphy - Zamora for England

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Fulham striker Bobby Zamora should be given an England call-up, according to team mate Danny Murphy.

Skipper hails match winners' "all-round game"

Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy called for team-mate Bobby Zamora to be handed an England call-up after the striker fired his side to a 2-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League. Zamora blasted home a superb 20-yard winner an hour into his side's first leg clash with the 2009 Uefa Cup winners, his 14th of the season and fifth in the Europa campaign. Earlier, Zoltan Gera had put the Cottagers into an early lead but Donetsk hit back in an entertaining encounter at Craven Cottage. But Zamora handed Fulham a vital advantage ahead of next week's return leg in the Ukraine with a fine strike. The goal led former Liverpool star Murphy to hail the contribution of the 29-year-old to the Londoners' season, backing the once-maligned front man to be given a chance by Three Lions boss Fabio Capello. He said: "You can see his confidence is sky-high, he has got better each month with his goal scoring, confidence and all-round game. "If he carries on the way he is, he's got to have a shout at the England squad." Murphy played a part in both of Fulham's goals, laying on the pass for Gera to turn and beat Shakhtar keeper Andrei Pyatov at his near post, before linking up with the Hungarian to set up Zamora's unstoppable strike. The club captain praised his team's performance, and said they would take heart from a display that keeps them in the hunt for a place in the last 16. "I thought we started brightly and got the goal, but we got a bit nervy after that," added Murphy. "They settled down and passed the ball well and got a deserved equaliser. "We got to grips with them a bit better in the second half and pushed them into a few errors. It was a great goal from Bobby which took the pressure off us defensively. "We have got something to fight for now, it will be a great game over there." Boss Roy Hodgson was also in an upbeat mood after the win, although he admitted his side had been naïve in stages against the experienced European campaigners. Shakhtar looked threatening on the break and came within inches of grabbing another vital away goal, only for keeper Mark Schwarzer to deny Luis Fernandinho with a tremendous one-handed save. Hodgson said his side must keep possession better at the Donbass Arena, but he too was happy with the spirit that earned his men a win. He added: "Shakhtar were exceptional in the first half and maybe we got a bit scared in that situation and weren't prepared to get on the ball as much as we normally do. "But we pulled ourselves together in the second half. We don't come up against sides like this week in and week out, and we had to really dig deep to get there."

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