Fulham boss denies England claim for Zamora

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Fulham boss Roy Hodgson watched Bobby Zamora score his fifth Barclays Premier League goal of the season, then denied ever saying he should play for England.

Hodgson was widely quoted this week claiming Zamora was a player who could earn a call-up to Fabio Capello's World Cup squad - a link he said he did not make.

Hodgson said: "I was asked whether there was space in Capello's squad for a player who comes in from the left - how anyone can interpret that as me saying he should play for England is almost laughable."

He added: "I've been a national coach in three countries and the thing I hated most was a club coach saying I should pick his player. I have vowed never to do that and I never will.

"There's an awful long way between saying what I said and touting Bobby Zamora to play for England."

But Hodgson was still keen to praise Zamora's performance after he struck the visitors ahead before Wade Elliott volleyed Burnley a share of the points.

Hodgson added: "Bobby is playing well. He had a slight knock at half-time but he managed to carry on and he scored a good goal. He's leading the line very well."

Burnley boss Owen Coyle said he had ``a lot to be pleased about'' after the way his side fought back from a goal behind on the back of two tough away defeats.

Coyle said: "Any point in the Premier League is hard-earned and we picked ourselves up off the floor and scored a great goal and might have added to it.

``We committed players forward and I felt we showed a lot of qualities and it could turn out to be a very valuable point."

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