The stat that Carlton Cole went into the game with more goals (in all competitions) this season than Rooney. If ever anything was needed to kick a striker up the arse, it’s the news that you have a worse record than Carlton Cole.
Bobby Zamora has yet again produced the goods and is surely now in with a shout of maybe forcing his way into England’s World Cup squad. Not only is Zamora scoring a lot of goals, his form is great and he is leading the line well and England have a shortage of men who seem to be able to do both.
Zamora’s most recent impressive performance came this week with him leading the line and Fulham to a memorable 4-1 win over Italian giants Juventus, a match that Fabio Capello attended, presumably to watch Zamora as I doubt it would have been to see Paul Konchesky.
With players falling injured on an almost weekly basis at the moment, the form of Zamora is one brightspot in what has been a pretty bad spell for Capello and his England squad.
It still remains to be seen if Capello will take four or five strikers, before Beckham’s injury I would have said four (plus Walcott as a midfielder), but that maybe could change now such is the form of Zamora and a space becoming available with Beckham’s absence.
His preferred first choice, Emile Heskey is struggling to hold down a regular slot with Aston Villa such is his poor form, he is well short of goals and confidence and this must be starting to become a worry for Capello.
Jermain Defoe has just torn his hamstring, the prognosis isn’t too accurate at the moment either, the word from Harry Redknapp is “a few weeks.” Staying with Spurs, Peter Crouch is currently out of favour, although Defoe’s injury will open a few doors for him and his last appearance for England won’t have done him any harm.
Carlton Cole is up and down, he’s had a few injury problems this season and at the moment seems well short of the form he showed under Zola’s guidence this time last year. Playing in a struggling team probably won’t help him either, he (and West Ham) could do with a good run of games and decent performances between now and the end of the season.
I know he was unlikely to feature, but Michael Owen is ruled out. I’m sure Capello would have liked to have had the problem of having to decide whether or not to leave Owen out after him banging in 10 goals between now and the end of the season for Manchester United. Sadly that can’t now happen.
Taking injuries and the lack of form of some of Capello’s probable squad into consideration, and the excellent form and goal scoring return of Zamora, and the unlikely call up of Zamora now looks more and more possible with every passing game.