Zamora happy to shake Terry's hand as Anton Ferdinand race row rumbles on

A hostile atmosphere is expected at Loftus Road as QPR take on Chelsea with the two clubs in talks ahead of the game over whether the pre-match handshakes should go ahead
QPR striker Bobby Zamora has said that he will shake John Terry's hand when his side meet Chelsea on Saturday.

The two teams clash at Loftus Road in the first meeting between the pair since Terry was cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand last October, but Zamora is looking forward to facing his old friend.

Zamora told The Sun: “I’ve known John Terry for years and he’s a very good friend of mine. We grew up together and of course I’ll shake his hand if he’s playing on Saturday.
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“All this stuff happened a long time before I joined QPR. I came in as an outsider to it and I won’t be paying attention to any of it.

“John is a very good player and it’s going to be a real battle between us. I’m sure it’s not going to be an enjoyable game with him coming through the back and smashing the life out of me.

“But that’s what he’s been like ever since we played together in Barking for Senrab when we were 13 along with Ledley King, Paul Konchesky and Jlloyd Samuel.

“My abiding image of JT then was a box-to-box midfielder with a curtains haircut, smashing in headers from corners.

“We’ve stayed in touch ever since and for me this game will simply be a case of getting out there, doing my job and getting points on the board for QPR.”

The atmosphere at Loftus Road is expected to be in stark contrast to the recent Olympics but the former West Ham man says he is not interested in what people say about footballers.

He added: “I don’t watch any sport. I didn’t even know Andy Murray had won the tennis until someone told me the other day. Before the Olympics I said I wasn’t going to watch a single thing.

“As it turned out I did see a few bits — the 100 metres and a couple of the other main events.

“As far as I’m concerned, the guys who competed at the Olympics... brilliant. But the Olympics are over now and all the focus is back on football. And whatever people are saying about us doesn’t really bother me."

Zamora also added that he was hoping for a recall to the England squad, despite not having featured for the Three Lions since making his full debut in November of last year.

He added: “I want to be in the England squad but if you’re not picked there’s no point getting the hump or throwing a tantrum.

“Whenever I am on the pitch I make it hard for defenders. It’s not all about goals for me. It’s about putting in the effort and making it hard for the opposition.”