Zamora explains cup omission

Fulham striker Bobby Zamora has revealed his fears over breaking down through injury were behind the decision not to include him in England’s World Cup squad.

Zamora was a surprise omission from provisional 30-man squad named by Fabio Capello on Tuesday.

However, Fulham’s 19-goal top scorer has admitted that he was largely responsible for the omission due to fears over his fitness.

The 29-year-old has been struggling with an Achilles injury during the second half of the season and lasted less than an hour of Wednesday’s 2-1 Europa League Final defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

Speaking afterwards, he explained:“I told Fabio that I was struggling and I knew that, had I gone, I wouldn’t have done myself or England justice.

“It was a joint decision made by myself, Capello, our medical team and England’s medical team.

“The World Cup’s a massive tournament. It’s not about myself, it’s about England.

“Capello wished me all the best, hoped that I get fit and would be available next season. You could see last night I was struggling to play.

“That’s football, it’s a cruel game. Just look at us losing this final in the last couple of minutes.”

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