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CROUCH CONFIDENT OF WORLD CUP PLACE

By NBF NEWS
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Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch is confident that he has done enough this season for club and country to have sealed a place in Fabio Capello's England squad for this summer's World Cup.

The Spurs man has netted an impressive tally of goals for the Three Lions over the years and he is hoping that his knack of scoring for his country will stand him in good stead in South Africa.

He has netted just seven league goals for Spurs this season but feels his international record stands up to scrutiny.

'I've always been very proud of my goalscoring record for England. When I've started games, I always seem to score,' Crouch told BBC Sport's 'Match of the Day' magazine.

'I've got 20 goals now and whenever I've played I've never let anyone down. Hopefully that's enough for me to get to South Africa.'

Who goes to South Africa alongside him though is still an interesting question for the Tottenham striker.

Crouch said of Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey, 'Look at the results when Emile's played for England and the team has always done fantastically well. I think he gives you an option - he's very good in the air, holds the ball up well and brings other players into play. He's got experience and he's a valuable member of the squad.'

Whilst Manchester United star Wayne Rooney's presence in the squad is a given, there are still places up for grabs in the forward line. Crouch believes that each of the major contenders has something to offer.

Interesting, only Darren Bent and Jermain Defoe find themselves in England's top five strikers in the Castrol Rankings, with Crouch languishing in eighth position despite his impressive goalscoring record.

Unsurprisingly, Rooney leads the way in first place, with total of 910 points, while Spurs striker Defoe is second with 805.

Birmingham City frontman Cameron Jerome is the dark horse of the pack, finding himself in fifth place with 618 points, behind Darren Bent and Gabi Agbonlahor in third and fourth spot respectively.