Hodgson in Zamora for England tip

FULHAM manager Roy Hodgson tipped Bobby Zamora for a shock World Cup call-up after the forward hit back at his critics by downing Sunderland.<br /><br />Zamora, who has come under fire for his meagre strike rate, appeared to gesture at his own fans after nodding home in the seventh minute.<br /><br />It was only the former West Ham player&rsquo;s 10th goal in 60 appearances for the Cottagers, but was enough to lift them above the Black Cats and into eighth in the Premier League.<br /><br />And Hodgson is such a fan of the 28-year-old that he believes he could do Emile Heskey&rsquo;s target man job for England. <br /><br />&ldquo;Heskey is a very powerful player, a very willing player and a hard working player. Bobby is more technical,&rdquo; said the former Switzerland boss.<br /><br />&ldquo;You could make a case for one or two more unusual selections, like Tottenham defender Ledley King. If you perpetuated that, you might come up with an argument for someone like a Bobby Zamora, the type of player who we don&rsquo;t have too many like in the Premier League.&rdquo;<br /><br />Hodgson said Zamora had been affected by supporters posting negative comments on the internet, adding: &ldquo;Maybe he reads too many of these blogs that people write in to.&rdquo;<br /><br />Zamora&rsquo;s early header, from a John Pantsil cross, gave the home side a deserved lead, but Sunderland recovered after the break. Kenwyne Jones forced a good save from Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer while Darren Bent and Boudewijn Zenden also went close. But the visitors could not avoid a fifth away league defeat already this season, in stark contrast to their impressive home form.<br /><br />Manager Steve Bruce said: &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t remember a side this Jekyll and Hyde. It&rsquo;s pretty alarming.&rdquo;