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Zamora's England regret

Albion great looks back on the highs and lows of his career in our latest MyAlbion Audio podcast

By Bruce Talbot • 01 December 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Bobby Zamora's final goal for Albion came in January 2015, nearly 15 years after his first.

Bobby Zamora's legendary status among Albion fans is secure after he scored 90 goals in two spells, firing the club to promotion to the Championship in successive seasons during his stint.

But in the latest MyAlbion Audio podcast with Adam Tighe, Zamora opens up about some of the highs and lows he experienced during the rest of his career, which featured spells with Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham and QPR after it had all started for him as a £37.50 a week apprentice at Bristol Rovers.

By Paul Hazlewood
Bobby Zamora's first goal for Albion came against Plymouth in February 2000.

He won two Championship play-off finals and his goals helped take Fulham all the way to the 2010 Europa League final when their campaign had started two days after reporting back for pre-season training in the first qualifying round.

Zamora also won two England caps and says walking out at Wembley with the Three Lions on his chest was the proudest moment of his career.

In 2010, despite suffering from an Achilles injury which eventually forced him to have surgery, England head coach Fabio Capello asked him to join his World Cup squad for the tournament in South Africa even though he had no chance of training, never mind being available for selection.

“He [Capello] wanted me to go and in hindsight maybe I should have just to experience what being in a major tournament is like. But I wouldn't have been part of it because I couldn't have trained. What would the other players have thought? I think I did the right thing and, judging by the way it went for England, I probably dodged a bullet there!”

Zamora opens up about life in the dressing room at all of his clubs. He says the happiest was during his three years in his first spell at Albion. “I miss that banter, we used to rip each other to shreds but on a Saturday everyone had each other's back.”

In contrast, he speaks about the West Ham player who cried all the way back to London after his mistake led to Steven Gerrard's famous equaliser in the 2006 FA Cup final when Zamora missed from the spot and Liverpool won the shoot-out after the game ended in a 3-3 draw.

He also discusses life since he retired in 2015, including his work as a club ambassador and the disappointment he felt when Albion lost in the Championship play-off semi-final to Sheffield Wednesday and he knew his chance of helping the club to win promotion from all three divisions below the Premier League had gone.

MyAlbion Audio has a fantastic archive of podcasts for you to enjoy, including interviews with Dean Hammond, Simon Rusk, Martin Perry, Paul Barber, Micky Adams and many more, which you can access by clicking here.

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