Crouch showcases talents
Peter Crouch hopes his two goals against Belarus have put him in England manager Fabio Capello's World Cup thoughts.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 15/10/09 8:22am
Peter Crouch is hoping his two-goal haul against Belarus has put him at the forefront of manager Fabio Capello's thoughts ahead of the World Cup.
England bounced back from their defeat in Ukraine at the weekend with a 3-0 win over Belarus to end their qualifying campaign with a record of nine wins and one loss.
Tottenham striker Crouch benefitted from injuries to Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe to start England's final qualifier at Wembley on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old now has 16 goals in 17 starts for his country, but still admits that he would like to play more under Capello.
"It was very enjoyable," he said. "It is good to finish the qualifying campaign on a winning note at Wembley and take that into the World Cup.
Food for thought
"For me personally I was pleased to get a couple of goals.
"Have I given the manager a bit of food for thought? Yes. All I can do when given an opportunity is to try to take it and the goals help and hopefully my performance has given him something to think about.
"People keep asking me that question and I seem to always be saying that. I am pleased with the way it went.
"But we have got some fantastic competition for places, certainly in the striking area, and all I can do is to score goals and hopefully get a chance.
"We've got guys out injured at the moment and it would be nice to play a couple more games but it is back to the club now and I shall be concentrating on things at Tottenham.
"We've had a fantastic record in the qualifying group and hopefully we can take that through to the World Cup now."