Bobby Zamora ready to take England chance

 

Bobby Zamora is determined to press his claims to be part of England's Euro 2012 squad, after admitting every game "feels like a trial".

The Fulham striker will win his second cap in tonight's friendly against Sweden at Wembley after head coach Fabio Capello confirmed the 30-year-old will start.

Zamora's only other appearance for his country was as a substitute against Hungary 15 months ago.

An Achilles injury ruled him out of contention for the 2010 World Cup, but he wants to make an impact against the Swedes and push his claims.

Zamora said: "Every game feels like a trial. You have got to take you chance and that's what I intend to do.

"I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait for it. There are guys vying for the same position as you.

"You have to bide your time and when you get that chance, try and impress and do my best to hang onto it.

"It's been a bit up and down with injuries but that's football, that's life. You work hard and take your opportunities when they come.

"To stay in the squad and to be involved in the summer is the aim."

Zamora's inclusion appears to have put him ahead of Andy Carroll in the pecking order.

Capello said: "I've had Zamora around the team for a long time. He had some hand problems at the start of the season, and his balance was not good.

"In the games he's played in this last period, he's played really well. I want to see him at Wembley."

Capello had once said Carroll was the future but, when asked yesterday about that statement, he said: "Yes, but that depends on him. Not on me."

John Terry will return against Sweden with Capello happy for him to still skipper the side when the subject of a police investigation over alleged racist remarks to QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

But Capello admits he would prefer competition for places after the impressive displays of Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott in the absence of Terry against Spain at the weekend.

He said: "I think yes, I am comfortable (with Terry), absolutely. You know why? Because, guys, it's innocent until....(proven guilty). I've spoken with him.

"Is Terry an automatic starter? I hope I will have problems always when I need to choose the players.

"I saw Lescott play a really good game. He did play really well as did Jagielka.

"I'd prefer to have four good players and a problem to choose which ones play, rather than only one from whom to choose."

Capello revealed Terry, Gary Cahill, Kyle Walker, Jack Rodwell, Leighton Baines and Zamora will be amongst the starters against Sweden who were not in the first XI against Spain.

But Danny Welbeck is a fitness doubt with what Capello described as "something that gives him a little pain, little problems", with Scott Carson and Daniel Sturridge likely to be used as substitutes.

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