Fulham striker Zamora always on edge when with England
The England manager was at Craven Cottage on Sunday as the home side's second-half rally was frustrated against Tottenham Hotspur. Yet Fabio Capello will still have been impressed at the manner in which the 6ft 1in forward unsettled the visitors' back line. He has earned his chance.
Zamora told the Guardian: "Every time I've been called up, I've felt it's an audition and an opportunity to prove myself with England," Zamora says. "I've been around the squad for the last year or so and I'm hoping now to prove what I can do. The gaffer has had other priorities up to now. He had to make decisions to make sure we qualified, and they've clearly proved to be the right decisions. They've got us there, job done. So there are no qualms about that from me.
"But the attitude does feel a bit different for these games. It's an opportunity. A tough one against Spain, for sure, because it wouldn't look as if they've got too many weaknesses at all. We'll find ourselves in the unusual position of being underdogs, which doesn't happen at Wembley very often.
"We'll have to tap into that, the underdog spirit. As for myself, I know the manager has lots of options up front, even with Wayne's suspension. Gabby [Agbonlahor] is back, Peter Crouch is not off the scene, and Jermain [Defoe] scored another instinctive one against us on Sunday, reminding the manager he's a goalscorer. There are people there desperate to play, so it's a case of making an impact if and when I get a chance. If I get that opportunity, I have to take it."