Sancho fumes at Crouch goal
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brent Sancho claims he was fouled by Peter Crouch before the England striker scored.
Trinidad and Tobago defender Brent Sancho claims he was fouled by Peter Crouch before the England striker scored in the opening goal in their 2-0 defeat.
Crouch grabbed the crucial breakthrough for England against T&T when heading home from David Beckham's cross seven minutes from time.
Sancho was unhappy that Crouch's goal was allowed to stand after German television appeared to show Crouch tugging on Sancho's dreadlocks before scoring.
"The first goal was definitely a foul by Crouch. He was all over my back," fumed Sancho.
"Crouch was all over me. He was definitely pulling me back and that meant I couldn't get to him.
"But don't forget, we are tiny Trinidad and Tobago and there is no way that the referee was going to blow that whistle and disallow the goal."
"We are gutted, just gutted with the result. It was really heart-wrenching.
"The second goal (from Steven Gerrard) came when they hit us on the break as we tried to get back - but the first one was the crucial one so late in the game and I was fouled."