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Fulham - A Personal Bobby Plea

By now the opportunity has been and gone, but Capello's squad selection for the up and coming Egypt friendly did spell out some hope for the English contingent within the Fulham side.

Of course, there were huge pleas for Bobby Zamora to take up a place in Fabio's 24-strong selection.

On top of that, there were albeit small cries for Nicky Shorey to be recognised and capped in an England shirt once more.

Whilst the latter was a slight long shot, I must say, as an England fan as well as a Fulham supporter, BZ should have a got a chance.

Okay, so maybe the injury he picked up in midweek will have affected the front-man's likelihood of achieving a spot on this occasion, but, he was fit enough to play on Saturday, making him fit enough to play on the England boss' mind.

No opportunity was offered to the ex-West Ham striker, however, and, although slightly belated, I hereby consolidate my biased yet realistic list of reasons for Fabio Capello to at least consider the man!

1 He's on great form. The 29 year-old can't seem to stop scoring and his confidence is at an all time high. Fulham have truly given him a new lease of life.

2 You're taking Heskey mate; Why not take a goalscorer? It's fair to say Heskey and Zamora are similar strikers. They both hold up the play and like to bring others into it. On top of that they're both physical and strong in the air. Therefore, why not take the lad who can bag in a few as well as ticking all the above boxes?

3 It's a friendly! This is your opportunity, Fabio, to experiment and follow the trial and error ruling. Don't just settle with the old.

4 You wouldn't actually need to 'adapt' your style. As previously stated, Bobby is, all round, a similar player to Heskey, so drafting him into the team would do no harm at all tactically.

5 For the benefit of the lad himself of course! While his confidence is clearly sky high, it can still be made better. A chance for him to bond with international team mates and learn the ways and means of the 'big time' would do him the world of good.

Thoughts please. Am I just being biased or is their truth and thought behind my outrage?

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The Journalist

Writer: Kristian Balkin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 1 2010

Time: 6:03PM

Your Comments

I'm not outraged, but I agree with all your points. Based on current form, Zamora deserves to be placed before Heskey in the pecking order.
truth sayer ffc
Has anyone started a 'Zamora for England' gropu on Facebook yet? I'd sign up just to be part of that group!
my only response as devil's advocate would be to say that heskey most likely has a rapport with the english strikers already... but that's a weak arguement to not take the same player who is also bagging goals...
Aamir...yes they have. I myself am a fan.
And Woody, that is a mighty good point as it goes.
Aamir there are thousands, others suggesting we support another team if he gets called up. In all fairness though he has done brilliantly this year and should be higher up in the pecking order than Hesey
Once A Blue
I fear his chance has passed him by! Sorry!
Al Billy
and I have to say I agree although I wish I was wrong!
I think that the Egypt game was his last chance really, I can't see him playing now. If, at the peak of your powers, you aren't selected, it's not going to happen. Shame though, I'm bored with Heskey
Yeah, the friendly was the place for Capello to consider experimenting with a 'wild card'. Unfortunately even though he saw bob's free kick wonder goal, looks like Capello isn't interested.. shame
i'm hopeful that it came down to the achilles injury he picked up abroad... maybe he'll get a chance yet...
dont want to wish it on any one but some one may get hurt or have to pull out after all geoff hurst was a last minute replacement for jimmy greaves and there lies the west ham conection and who lifted the world cup should be a fulham link in there somewere
truth sayer ffc
not playing for a big-four club is a hinderance!

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