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England’s Must Have Striker? Oh, Pur-leaze.

So one year ago Bobby Zamora was getting ridiculed and now it seems that he HAS to be in the England squad for this summer’s World Cup. Reality check please. Just because he’s had a decent season for Fulham it doesn’t mean he’s now ready to perform on the biggest stage of them all.

This season he has scored more goals than in previous seasons, but, has anyone considered that it has taken him until the age of 29 to have this sort of campaign? In all honesty he’s not an England player and never will be. I can understand the view that there are some strikers in that squad *cough*, Emile Heskey, who makes some fans wonder as to how they’re still in it but the excuse that Zamora should be there in front of certain people doesn’t quite work. Then again, the thing with this is that if Zamora was chosen for the squad he would probably play as a replacement for Heskey or Peter Crouch, as a sub, and Heskey doesn’t really score many goals does he? So how Zamora can be expected to do so having had no international experience is beyond me.

Presumably the current plan is Wayne Rooney, Crouch, Heskey and Jermain Defoe and you would think that all four will be chosen. Now, a fifth striker would change the dimension of the squad and Zamora is not such a special case that Fabio Capello would include him because you can be sure that he will have studied him thoroughly. I’m guessing that Capello is a man that favours four strikers rather than five, even though it’s the goals that will win you the tournament- he’s probably looking at the balance of the squad.

Let’s get in to tactics here. Fulham usually work their way to the edge of the box where Zamora either holds it up with his gangly structure or either gets on the final ball to finish a move. But a striker going to a World Cup needs more than that. The question is: what else does he offer? If we are to believe what we see than Heskey is the one who holds the ball up and gets the best out of Rooney (ha, that’s great that one…Heskey gets the best out of Rooney) and the strikers all have decent goal-scoring records- something that should be their first priority.

All in all, the signs are deceiving. Zamora has taken a long time to perform like this and let’s not get carried away- it’s been one season and all of a sudden he should be playing for England at a tournament where defending is likely to be of the highest quality. Apparently he’s already booked his summer holidays to Las Vegas, and it just wouldn’t be worth it if Mr. Capello rang him up and asked that he cancel it.

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