Redknapp sounds Crouch faith
Harry Redknapp has backed Peter Crouch to fight for his England future amid fresh competition.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 09/11/10 11:39am
Harry Redknapp has backed Peter Crouch to fight for his England future amid competition from Kevin Davies and Andy Carroll.
Crouch started last month's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, playing up front alongside Wayne Rooney, but the Spurs striker made way in the second half for Davies to become England's oldest debutant for 60 years.
Davies, 33, has continued to impress, outshining Crouch on Saturday by scoring twice as Bolton beat Spurs 4-2 in front of Capello.
Carroll, 21, has also thrust himself into contention for a first senior call-up, scoring the only goal in Newcastle's 1-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday to give himself six for this season.
Both could therefore be selected for next week's friendly against France ahead of Crouch, who has been a regular in the national team squad since making his debut in 2005.
The former Liverpool and Portsmouth striker has scored 21 goals in 41 England appearances, and claimed five in five UEFA Champions League games this term for Spurs.
And although manager Redknapp admits his England place is under threat having failed to score in 11 Premier League appearances, he is confident the 29-year-old can continue to do a job for Capello.
"He has scored goals for England," said Redknapp. "Whenever he plays, his record's been good for England.
"Andy Carroll must have a chance the way he's going, you could see him getting in, but Crouchy, I'm sure, loves playing for his country.
"In the Champions League, he's been incredible, the goals he's scored. He's banging in goals every game for us in Europe - it's just in the league he's not been able to get them for us this year, but hopefully that will change.
"It's not through lack of trying or anything else, it's just the way it goes sometimes. He's made goals for (Rafael) van der Vaart, he's just not been able to score them."