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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 August 2005, 11:21 GMT 12:21 UK
Zamora turns down Trinidad call
West Ham striker Bobby Zamora
West Ham's Bobby Zamora has turned down the chance to play in the World Cup finals for Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker wants the striker for a qualifier against Guatemala next month.

Zamora, 24, told the News of the World: "Trinidad is my dad's country and to play in the finals would be a dream but West Ham are more important.

"I am only thinking about the club at the moment and do not want to be distracted from that."

Zamora's decision to turn his back on Trinidad will come as welcome news for Hammers boss Alan Pardew, who is keen to keep all his players for what he expects to be a hard return to the Premiership.

The former Tottenham striker, who won six England Under-21 caps while with Brighton, added: "The Trinidad manager went to the effort of watching me and asking the boss about me.

"But the club mean everything to me and if I can help us have a good season that is all that matters."




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