Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Four Reasons Why England Need Bobby Zamora

The performance of Bobby Zamora under Roy Hodgson particularly have been stellar. The marked improvement in his game have led to numerous calls for an England call up. If the thoughts were that Zamora does not have the big match mentality then those reservations would have been smashed to bits after stunning goals against Juventus and Wolfsburg in the Europa League.

Emile Heskey and Carlton Cole are great as the target and/or link up man upfront but they are not prolific goalscorers. At major world tournaments, goals typically determine how far a nation progresses, hence Bobby Zamora, who is in the form of his life, can provide that secondary goalscoring threat while performing the duties that Heskey and/or Cole does for England.

I saw this article at Footy Factor and Stan Hughes pretty much summed up why Bobby Z must make that trip to South Africa with England.

Four Reasons Why England Need Bobby Zamora
By Stan Hughes

When Fabio Capello names his final squad for England’s World Cup adventure, Bobby Zamora better be on the list. Here’s reasons why:

He’s in the form of his life. Bobby Zamora isn’t brilliant but he’s not bad either. During his five seasons in the Premiership, with three London clubs (Tottenham, West Ham and Fulham), Zamora has never bagged more than 20 goals. Could it be sixth time lucky for the former Bristol Rovers trainee? Having notched his 19th goal last night, Zamora has 8 fixtures left this season, possibly 9 if Fulham advance to the Europa League final, to reach the milestone.

A whole lot better than Heskey. If Fabio Capello has any intention of employing a burly target man to partner Wayne Rooney in attack then Bobby Zamora is the best option. Granted  Fabio Capello values Emile Heskey’s attributes far greater than we do in that role, what if Heskey gets injured? Peter Crouch is the current deputy but despite his height we doubt Crouch has the physical strength to guard possession while the rest catch up.

He can mix it with the big boys. Last night Bobby Zamora scored such an exquisite goal against Wolfsburg that had the London lad been born in Rio the football community would have gone ballistic. Sublimely turning the two German centre-backs, Zamora slotted the ball past Benaglio, effectively ending the tie within the first minute of play. Not for the first time Zamora proved the inspiration when the big boys come knocking. Tottenham, Juventus, Manchester United and Liverpool have all fallen victim to Zamora’s predatory instincts this season.

It’s in the stars. In August of last year, Zamora received his Trinidadian passport. A week after receiving citizenship, Zamora got injured in training and missed the chance to play for his father’s country in the World Cup Qualifier against El Salvador. Zamora has never turned out for Trinidad & Tobago. Have the football gods given England a second chance?

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