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!