A competitive debut for the Fulham striker and a first senior cap of any kind for the Manchester United ace are reportedly in the offing for the crucial Euro 2012 qualifierFabio Capello is considering handing starts to both Phil Jones and Bobby Zamora for England’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claims that Jones, who was in the squad but did not make the bench for either of the last two games against Bulgaria and Wales and has yet to make his debut, is close to dislodging Gary Cahill thanks to the good form that has seen him keep Rio Ferdinand out of the Manchester United team.
Bolton’s Cahill played well and scored against Bulgaria, but Capello is wary of picking a player whose club are at the bottom of the Premier League, and who have conceded 21 goals in seven games.
The Italian manager hailed Jones last week as “an incredible talent” and could be set to line him up alongside captain John Terry, with Everton’s Phil Jagielka reported to be the favourite to start at right-back ahead of Kyle Walker.
Zamora, according to The Daily Mirror, could make his competitive England debut in Podgorica depending on how Capello decides Montenegro are most vulnerable.
The Fulham striker could reportedly get the nod, with the Three Lions boss believed to be keen on a player who can hold the ball up.
Darren Bent and Danny Welbeck, the other strikers in the squad who could potentially partner Wayne Rooney, are pace merchants rather than target men, and may be set to lose out.