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Hodgson proud of progress

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson revealed his pride after seeing his side overcome Wolfsburg to advance to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The in-form Bobby Zamora found the net after just 20 seconds against the German champions in Thursday's quarter-final second leg at the Volkswagen Arena.

The Cottagers held on to secure a comfortable 1-0 second leg and 3-1 aggregate victory and will now face another German side in Hamburg in the last four.

"We're very proud to be in a semi-final as Fulham and most importantly of all, we are proud for Fulham, our owner and our supporters," said Hodgson.

"It's an extra bonus that, with our best teams this year not being able to reach a semi-final of the Champions League, it's a very nice feeling for ourselves and Liverpool to be in semi-finals.

"We'll face a very arduous task if we want to get to the final but the main thing is we're in the semi-final and we have that chance."

Meanwhile, Hodgson again talked up Zamora's chances of making the England World Cup squad.

He added:"Bobby Zamora is a very good player. This year, by adding goals to his excellent build-up play, he's come to everyone's attention and he can do no more than continue to play well.

"Then, I'm sure when (England boss) Fabio Capello is looking at the players available to take to the World Cup, he will make his assessment.

"I know Fabio is aware of Bobby as a player, but Bobby can't do any more himself."

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