'Qualification is just the beginning'
Thursday, 15 October, 2009
Peter Crouch says the hard work starts now to make the World Cup squad.
With every player who has appeared in an England squad selected by Fabio Caepllo invited to Wembley last night, Peter Crouch says the presence of so many potential England stars was a reminder for everyone that they need to stay on their toes if they want to go to South Africa.
Crouch scored twice against Belarus adding to his already impressive scoring record for England, but admitted that every player is nervously looking over their shoulder at the other options and eager to impress the Manager.
Speaking to TheFA.com immediately after the game, Crouch admitted: "Everyone is pleased we have qualified and I'm sure everyone in there will be hoping they're on the plane.
"We have to continue our form, and really qualification is just the beginning. They are a lot of players [in the dressing room], I think 55 were invited, and they will all be looking to get to South Africa."
After his two goals helped England sign of qualification with victory, Crouch also paid tribute to his team-mates for providing him with the opportunities to get himself on the scoresheet.
Crouch opened the scoring after just four minutes at Wembley Stadium, sliding in to knock Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross over the line. Shaun Wright-Phillips doubled this advantage on the hour before Crouch wrapped up the three points with 15 minutes remaining, pouncing on a Carlton Cole rebound.
"You always know you’re going to have chances in this England side so I’m glad to put two away and we won convincingly in the end," he reflected.
"I don’t expect to start the next game [but of course I hope to be involved}. I always feel I do a job and don’t let anyone down."
Meanwhile, the two-goal hero also saluted Man of the Match, David Beckham for his contribution.
“David Beckham made a big difference," Crouch said. "He can put the ball on a sixpence and he has special qualities that will never leave him.”