Zamora's return could mean second England coming

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It's unlikely that Bobby Zamora will endure a more hellacious 12 months however long his career as a professional footballer lasts.

Just over a year ago he suffered an achillies injury that disrupted the end of a season where he'd scored 19 goals, his best return in a Fulham shirt.

Despite manfully playing on as The Whites reached the Europa League final, Zamora was a shadow of player who had gunned down the likes of Juventus and Hamburg in Europe.

Such was the severity of his injury that he decided against going to the World Cup with England last summer.

Fabio Capello told Zamora he would be in the initial 30-man squad for the tournament if fit, but the 30-year-old insisted he would be unable to take his place in South Africa and opted to stay at home.

He came back revitalised for the new season, keen to show England, who struggled for goals and form as they crashed out at the second-round stage to Germany, what they were missing.

He made his England debut from the substitutes bench against Hungary and his impressive showing only enhanced his reputation.


In the wake of transfer speculation linking Zamora with a move away from Craven Cottage, the forward signed a new four-year deal with Fulham. The day afterwards, he broke his leg.

Only now has Zamora returned to anything close to the player we once knew.

He may have scored a late penalty on his comeback against Blackburn Rovers in March, but on Saturday against Blackpool his double not only eased Fulham's relegation fears but also saw Zamora triumphantly return to form.

Zamora said: "I'm pleased to be back. It's been a while and I'm over the moon that I've scored.

"I'm just delighted to be back it and I'm just over the moon to have scored some goals.

"It's frustrating you know, it's hard. Looking out the window and seeing all the boys training having fun and you're in the gym doing your bits and pieces is a bit frustrating but I'm back now and just pleased to be playing.

And as for his prospects of playing for England again, with a friendly against Switzerland coming up in June, Zamora can't wait to get back into the action.

"I think I've got a chance of getting back into the squad but I have to be performing and doing well for Fulham first, so that's my main aim - getting fit, starting games and doing well for the club.

"I like to think that Fabio Capello and Franco Baldini were impressed with my training and performance when I was with the England set-up.

"I still get a text every now and then from Franco. It's nice to know I'm still in his thoughts."


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