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CROUCH BACKED FOR ENGLAND CALL

Former England striker Dion Dublin has said that Stoke city striker Peter Crouch should be in the squad for the Euro 2012.

Former England manager Fabio Capello has often not selected Peter Crouch while he was the England manager. However, it is expected that the former Tottenham striker will get a look in under new manager Roy Hodgson.

Peter Crouch has a very good scoring record for England, which is matched only by the likes of Michael Owen and Alan Shearer. Yet, he failed to make it into the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad under Fabio Capello. Dion Dublin believes that it was a great mistake by Fabio Capello to not take Crouch to the World Cup.

Crouch last played for England in the friendly against France two years ago. He has seen in good form for Stoke after signing for the club in the summer. Even though he is currently playing for an unfashionable club in England, Dublin believes that Crouch has all the qualities necessary to replace the lack of Darren bent and Wayne Rooney in the first few matches of the Euro 2012. Darren Bent is currently injured at the moment, while Wayne Rooney will be suspended for the first matches.

"My first choice striker would always be Wayne, but away from him it would always be Peter Crouch because people just do not know how to mark him. Crouchy is not the kind of person who would cry because he is not being picked, he would always put himself in the frame to be. His record is better than anybody else's as a striker in terms of games to goals for England, so on that basis I think he should go," said Dublin. The former Manchester United striker has four international caps to his credit.