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Geoff Hurst thinks Zamora should be in England team

last updated Thursday 17th November 2011, 3:39 PM

Fulham striker Bobby Zamora
Fulham striker
Bobby Zamora
Bobby Zamora
Sir Geoff Hurst has laid down the gauntlet to Bobby Zamora to force his way into Fabio Capello's Euro 2012 squad.

Zamora started England's 1-0 friendly victory over Sweden and Hurst insists the Fulham striker should be among the 23-man party Capello brings with him to Poland and Ukraine next summer.

England's 1966 World Cup hero said: "I like Zamora and think he's underrated.

"He's pushing 30 but he's got a great opportunity to put his name in the picture. He's one I like and I think he has a good chance."

With Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney suspended for the group stages of the tournament, the main striker's berth is up for grabs.

Hurst - who famously capitalised on Jimmy Greaves' absence in '66 before netting a hat-trick in the final against Germany - reckons one of them can repeat his achievement and make the most of Rooney's suspension.

Hurst added: "The great thing with Wayne Rooney having three games off is that it creates a huge opportunity for other players to make sure they're in the team or on the bench next year.

Source Tom Barclay at The Sun
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