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Zamora eyes England's 2,000th goal

Fulham striker Bobby Zamora is determined to press his claims to be part of Fabio Capello's Euro 2012 squad and could do so by scoring England's 2,000th international goal on Tuesday night.

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Zamora, who won his one and only England cap as a substitute against Hungary 15 months ago, has been told he will start against Sweden at Wembley and is eager to impress after injury ruled him out of contention for the 2010 World Cup.

England have not beaten Sweden for 43-years, but should one of Capello's team score, it will be a landmark 2000th goal, coming 138 years after William Kenyon-Slaney netted the first in a 4-2 win over Scotland on 8 March, 1873.

Zamora, 30, could be the man to write his name in England's history books and is fully focused on making a big impression at Wembley with only a limited number of games remaining to press his claims for a place in the squad for the European Championships.

"Every game feels like a trial," Zamora said. "You have got to take you chance and that's what I intend to do. I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait for it. There are guys vying for the same position as you.

"You have to bide your time and when you get that chance, try and impress and do my best to hang onto it.

"It's been a bit up and down with injuries but that's football, that's life. You work hard and take your opportunities when they come. To stay in the squad and to be involved in the summer is the aim.''

Zamora's inclusion appears to have put him ahead of Andy Carroll in the pecking order.

Capello said: "I've had Zamora around the team for a long time. He had some hand problems at the start of the season, and his balance was not good.

"In the games he's played in this last period, he's played really well. I want to see him at Wembley.''

Capello had once said Carroll was the future but, when asked about that statement, he said: "Yes, but that depends on him. Not on me.''


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