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Fulham boss backs Zamora for England success

Fulham boss Martin Jol claims Bobby Zamora should be included in England's Euro 2012 squad because he offers something different in the striking department. The 30 year old missed two good chances to mark his full international debut with a goal in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Sweden.

"He was very quick to call himself, but players know when they haven't played well," said Jol.

"When a striker scores he has done well.

"It's about performances so if he gets another chance or a couple of chances, he will take it because he is different.

"They are all different. Darren Bent is different, Jermain Defoe is different, Wayne Rooney certainly is different. And I don't feel they have a lot of players who are a real number nine who can hold up the ball.

"It's up to the manager - if he wants to play with a goalscorer, then Bent is probably the best goalscorer in England, he's certainly different to Bobby.

"But if you play Bobby with offensive midfield players he can be very useful. If you play him on his own with a flat midfield, you are better playing Darren Bent.

"They give all the options so I think Capello will think about taking him because he is a different sort of number nine.

"Capello will know he is a number nine who will hold the ball up all the time. His first touch is very good, he's good in the box, he's a link-up number nine.

"Peter Crouch is probably similar. He's better than people give him credit for at holding the ball. But Bobby is probably the most gifted.

"He's not only a link-up player, not an immobile number nine, he's an intelligent number nine. He's very versatile."

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