Hines gets September vote

Zavon Hines has rounded off an excellent month personally by being named SBOBET Player of the Month for September.

The 20-year-old forward collected 37.9 per cent of the vote, 15 per cent ahead of second-placed Carlton Cole. Robert Green came third with 17 per cent of the vote.

Hines caught the eye with a number of displays in September, most notably on his full home league debut against Liverpool. The Academy product caused Jamie Carragher and Martin Skrtel no end of problems, hitting the post and winning the penalty from which Alessandro Diamanti scored.

"It's good to know that I'm doing something right and the fans like it," Hines said. "I've just got to keep my feet on the ground and carry on with what I'm doing.

"I said that at the start of the season I just want to do my best and try to get in the first team as quick as possible and by God's grace I have. I haven't surprised myself. I always thought that if I get the chance I will take it and that's what I've done."

Hines has been used as part of a front three so far this season, but insists he is happy to help the team out wherever he is selected.

"As long as I'm in the team I'll play wherever the manager wants me to play. If it's on the left side it doesn't matter as it's up front and I can keep doing what I normally do.

"I learn a bit more every game. Right now we're not on a winning run so it's something we have to learn from."

The award follows Hines' first call-up to the England Under-21 squad alongside James Tomkins and Junior Stanislas on Thursday. He will hope to make his debut this coming Friday in a 2011 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifier against FYR Macedonia in Coventry.