Rooney’s mistake paves way for Crouch to be England’s Euro hero

by Michael Somerville

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Say what you want about Roy Hodgson’s England appointment, the cultured manager certainly likes his target men.

In my view, this will suit England perfectly with Wayne Rooney’s badly-judged sending-off in the qualifiers opening the door for Peter Crouch, who has consistently impressed as an England player under any manager.

Hodgson attempted to sign the Stoke City striker when at Fulham in 2009 as a replacement for Bobby Zamora but difficulties involving Premier League Chairman Sir David Richards got in the way.
Some may say that Andy Carroll, Darren Bent, Grant Holt and Kevin Davies may protest about the inclusion of Crouch but I can’t see past the gangly striker. You could argue that Hodgson still has a admiration for Crouch as the striker turns 31.

He scores more than a goal every two games for England and was the second highest top goal scorer in the 2006/2007 Champions League season.

Although he has attracted criticism and derision for joining up with a Stoke City team that rely on set-pieces and throw-in’s to get their goals, Crouch remains a top-class striker. His wonder strike against Manchester City was a telling that his technique and eye for the spectacular is still very much part of his game. He can adapt.

I can see him being a hit at the Euro’s as there is little pressure on England to win the tournament, as most level-headed Englishman accept the fact that the Spanish and the Germans are the likeliest candidates to win.

Roy brings in players from exile and doesn’t turn his nose up at quality players.

Crouch can do the business for England in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
Come on England!

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  • Mystical Mike

    I agree but I also think we must take Andy Carroll. He will scare defences to death with his power.

    He could end up being our joker in the pack

  • James Webb

    Crouch and Carroll upfront in a 4-4-2 with two pacey wingers. Play oldskool English football rather than try and match the rest of Europe at what they do best.

  • Mystical Mike

    I’d go with that too. good call.

    GK Hart
    LB Cole
    CB Cahill
    CB Ferdinand
    RB Walker

    LM Lennon
    CM Parker
    CM Gerrard
    RM Walcott

    CF Crouch
    CF Carroll

    There’s tons of pace in that side

  • James Webb

    Its gotta be in our interests to play direct. Look at how Chelsea beat Barca. Defend well and go from front to back in two or three passes. Get the ball wide to quick wingers and hit the box as often as possible.

    My Squad:
    Hart, Carson, Green
    Walker, G.Johnson, Cole, Baines
    Cahill, Smalling, Jones, (Ferdinand or Terry)
    Parker, Gerrard, Barry, Lampard
    Walcott, Lennon, A.Johnson, Young
    Rooney, Crouch, Carroll, Welbeck

    Standby: Ruddy, Richards, Lescott, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Holt

  • Mystical Mike

    defend and play on the counter. that’s how Greece won the Euro’s, well kind of, they just bored everyone to death, but the history books say they won it and we haven’t haven’t. This is prob our best chance of winning a tournament as every team is beatable

  • James Webb

    No more matches like the Algeria one in the last world cup. 1000 sideways and backward passes and no urgency to get the ball forward at pace and into the box. If Hodgson is clever he will make the tactics very simple but effective.

  • Mystical Mike

    exactly, no need to complicate tactics, which is where we have gone wrong since Glenn Hoddle left.

  • dexylongshot

    No Heskey???
    I’ll be doing the usual big fat Euro 2012 rundown in a few weeks, gotta get my end of season review done first but this is who i’d like Roy to take at the moment as long as Theo is fit, after Owen and Rooney being only 70% fit at previous big tournaments, i’d have no time for slackers or JT on current form.

    My Squad:
    Hart, Green, Carson
    Walker, G.Johnson, Cole, Baines,
    Ferdinand, Cahill, Lescott, Jones,
    Parker (C), Milner, Lampard
    Lennon, A.Johnson, The Ox,
    Young, Gerrard,
    Rooney, Carroll, Sturridge

  • dexylongshot

    That sure read Theo is unfit. I’m not sure of current situation.

  • Michael

    Very dissapointed not to see Crouchy in the final squad. Downing and Carroll get there in front of him? Very harsh on the boy if you ask me

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