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  • Nigel Nigel May 14, 2006 22:06 Flag

    Peter Crouch


    After watching the FA cup final Peter crouch was #$%$ abysmal, How the hell Sven picked him for the world cup is beyond me, Sorry peeps but i fear the worst now just pray for Rooney to be fit or it's a quick exit?

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    • peter crouch is sven,s plan b knowing rooney and owen won,t be ready he is going to play the long punt into the box in the hope that anybody will be there for knock downs that was also plan a but the injuries messed that plan world cup winners please give me a break england won,t make it to semi,s sven knows and so does your new saviour mclaren international manager please his kowledge of uefa final made sure of that

    • Crouch for Rooney could never be a like-for-like replacement, but football is all about effectiveness, and although his detractors hate to admit it, the Liverpool man gets results.

      Crouch's five appearances for England have ended with five wins. The team has scored 10 goals in the 231 minutes (less than 2 1/2 matches of playing time) he has spent on the field. His beneficial effect on Michael Owen, who has scored five times in 180 minutes operating alongside the big chap, is striking.

      At home against Poland, Crouch came on with 23 minutes remaining and the score went from 1-1 to 2-1; against Argentina in Geneva, his 10 minutes as a substitute saw England go from 2-1 down to 3-2 winners; his last appearance was 25 minutes against Uruguay, during which he scored and helped turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win.

      On statistics alone, there should be little debate about whom Sven Goran Eriksson should pick instead of Rooney; unless you want to argue that Crouch's impact coming off the bench is so extraordinary that it would be a pity to lose him as an "impact sub".

      But there has always been an element of the beauty parade about national selection, and the anti-Crouch lobby builds its case on aesthetic grounds.

    • got to agree, the guy is a #$%$. although i'm gutted about the result in yesterday's game at least it was an oppotrunity for that Swedish #$%$ to see his mistakes.
      gerrard should definitely get the attacking role over lampard and crouch should #$%$ off and play for the england women's volleyball team. lanky #$%$.