Having played alongside the likes of John Terry and Ledley King as a kid, Bobby Zamora always felt he too was good enough to one day make the England team.
The 29-year-old former Brighton, Tottenham and West Ham striker could finally end his long wait for full international honours on Wednesday after being called up to Fabio Capello's much-changed squad for the friendly against Hungary at Wembley.
As a youngster, Zamora played for the Senrab club in east London, in a team which included the likes of Terry, King and Paul Konchesky, who have all since represented the senior side.
He said: "It is funny because I grew up playing with John Terry, Ledley King, Paul Konchesky, Jlloyd Samuel and a lot of other good players."
He added: "They have all gone on to play for England and, in my eyes, there was no major difference between us.
"I never reached the stage where I thought I was never going to make it. If you don't get picked, you don't get picked, and all you can do is to carry on with your normal game.
"I am not a deep thinker about these things, but now an opportunity's come along I want to grab it with both hands."
Zamora had the opportunity to represent Trinidad & Tobago, via his father, and even went as far as obtaining the relevant documentation ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.
However, fate again dealt the striker a tough hand.
"If things had worked out differently I could have played for them, but I had pretty much the same injuries - Achilles and back - which ruled me out," said Zamora, who earlier this week celebrated the birth of twin girls Gisele and Siena.
"At the time it looked like my only option if I wanted to play international football, but that door has closed and this one has opened."
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