Crouch ready for the serious business of winning

Peter Crouch’s current life is so vivid that he has trouble remembering his past. The striker hesitated over his whereabouts at the time of the last World Cup before being prompted that he was then with Aston Villa. His present obliterates everything else. The notion of him representing England was once ludicrous, yet now it is assumed that he will score regularly and the single question is how he will react.

Crouch has decided that the frivolity of his celebration routine is inappropriate to the gravity of this tournament for the time being. “On the celebration front, I’m not sure I’ll be doing it again,” he said. “If we win the World Cup you’ll probably see the whole team doing it but at the moment it’s a serious business. It’s not about robotic dancing, it’s about scoring goals and winning matches.”

He is ambivalent, too, about cult status, even if he did enjoy the attention. “It was a bit of harmless fun,” he said, “but it seems to have escalated.” He must be trustworthy at all costs since at present he is the sole forward in the England squad who is indubitably fit.

There has already been one warning about irresponsibility after he missed with a dinked finish when he took a penalty against Jamaica at the start of this month. That silliness weighed on Sven-Goran Eriksson more than than the hat-trick Crouch went on to score in the friendly.

Crouch began his apology before the manager could start to scold him. “I was so frustrated with myself,” said the forward. “I had got caught up in the moment. I can assure you it won’t happen again.” His growth spurt took place long ago but now there has to be accelerated development in his career.

Should he flounder, there is hardly anyone England can turn to in attack. It is possible that Wayne Rooney will appear as a substitute against Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday but, although Crouch has faith in the 20-year-old, there can be no assurances Authentic Prada Clutch about the impact of a player who has not featured since breaking a metatarsal on April 29.

Michael Authentic Prada Handbags Wholesale Owen, moreover, was substituted after 56 minutes of last Saturday’s halting win over Paraguay and few heads nod automatically when Crouch asserts: “He’s one of our best players. I don’t think there’s any problem with him.” The Apertura Outlet Prada Montevarchi teenager Theo Walcott, recovering Authentic Prada Handbags Outlet Uk from a calf knock, is no mainstay and it is from the Liverpool centre-forward that most will be expected up front on Thursday.

Crouch has an opportunity to make the case that he Bicester Village Prada Bag Price should not be the one who is sidelined for the future fixtures when a resurgent Rooney can start. “In training he’s looking fit,” Crouch said. “He’s a top-class player and we need everyone fit. Once you’ve played you want to stay in. My job is to play as well as I can and influence the manager’s decision.” His ambition, which he can never voice, is to have such an impact that it is Owen who drops to the substitutes’ bench.

Before the tournament the 6ft 7in Czech forward Jan Koller scored twice against Trinidad & Tobago in a friendly. The equally tall Crouch may do so as well even if for the first time he is facing a centre-half, Dennis Lawrence, who is also 6ft 7in. The Wrexham defender may Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Official Website prove to be less of an obstacle to the England attacker than refereeing interpretations.

Crouch explains that he was booked by the Mexican referee Marco Rodr√≠guez against Paraguay not for dissent but for persistent fouling. A further caution would trigger bags a suspension but, in his mind, he was merely conducting himself in a normal manner. “When you jump you have to use your arms to get leverage but it doesn’t seem to be allowed,” he said of World Cup football. The striker thinks that Steven Gerrard’s yellow card was also unjustified, Authentic Prada Gauffre Bag Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada E Shop but he himself is in the deeper quandary.

“It’s international football and you have to adapt,” he admitted. “It was overly fussy at times but I don’t want to blame referees. I don’t think there would have been one foul in the Premiership but there were probably six or seven in the first half, which was Are Prada Nylon Bags Worth The Money frustrating. The way I was brought up to play, it’s not a foul. I am aware of it now and I don’t think I will get pulled up as much in the next game.”

It would assist him as well if the England side gave a smoother display than Best Prada Outlet Italy they did in the heat of Frankfurt. Crouch, aware that the team will not encounter any more early kick-offs, promises “a better England over 90 minutes”.