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What More Does Bobby Zamora Need To Do For an England Call?

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01:  Bobby Zamora of Fulham calls for the ball during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Fulham and Vfl Wolfsburg at Craven Cottage on April 1, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIDecember 24, 2016

As Fulham progressed to the semifinals of the Europa League tonight, their striker must be thinking to himself, "What do I need to do to get Fabio to notice?"

Zamora, yet again, scored the winner as his side beat German Champions Wolfsburg.

The goal took the forward onto 19 goals for the season.

This is by far the best season of his career, and calls for international recognition are growing by the day.

This season, Zamora has a new hunger about his game. After a poor season in 2008-09, there was talk of him being shipped off to Hull, as he was surplus to requirements at Craven Cottage.

Added to that, the fans were beginning to get on his back, as he was a striker who was simply not scoring.

New season, new man, as Zamora is now the jewel of this very good Fulham side.

Fabio Capello has yet to be sufficiently impressed though, as Zamora waits patiently for a chance to shine on the international level.

The main problem for the Fulham man at the moment is his timing.

With only two games left until the World Cup, it seems that Capello is reluctant to try out a new frontman. Zamora is also vying for only one place, along with three other strikers.

Three strikers are all but guaranteed to go to South Africa. Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch, and Jermaine Defoe are virtually there.

That leaves one place up for grabs. At the moment Emile Heskey is in pole position. Heskey, though, has only scored five goals all season and is struggling for form at Aston Villa.

Next, there is Carlton Cole. The West Ham forward has admitted himself that he is currently out of form, and shouldn't go to the World Cup the way he is playing at the moment.

Finally, there is Darren Bent. Bent has scored the most goals this season with 22, but he doesn't offer as much as Zamora. He is just a natural goal-scorer, nothing else.

Zamora holds the ball up well, and can be the main striker up top. He would allow Wayne Rooney to drop off and collect the ball as he does for Manchester United.

Zamora has a great first touch and is strong in the air. Above all else, though, he is playing with extreme confidence.

Take a look at both his goals against Wolfsburg over the two legs. The first, he picks up the ball and runs at the defenders before curling the ball beyond the keeper. The second, a result of a great turn, and then again, a lovely finish into the bottom corner.

Without question, Zamora should be given a chance by Capello, but the timing is wrong, as I said.

On form he should be going to the World Cup, but in reality, he will be watching while on holiday like the rest of us.

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