Crouch pleased with ‘impact’

Crouch showed debutant Carroll the way to goal barely a minute

after coming off the bench. Newcastle striker Carroll impressed on

what was his senior international bow but was unable to mark the

occasion by finding the net. Crouch, on the other hand, improved

his hugely impressive record for England to 22 goals in 42 games

after replacing the youngster late on. Tottenham forward Crouch

said: “The manager was looking at other things and obviously knows

what I can do. “I’ve been around the set-up for a while now. “It’s

pleasing to make the impact; obviously just disappointed with the

result. “I thought France in the first half played some great stuff

to be honest and we had a little bit of a comeback at the end.

“Maybe if the game had gone on a little bit more, we’d have had a

different result.” Crouch reckons his 86th-minute goal, a hooked

far-post volley from Ashley Young’s corner, was just his second

touch following his introduction. He added: “It was quite quick to

get the goal and obviously I’m very pleased. “When you’re on the

bench, you hope for a chance and hope you can make an impact when

that comes and, thankfully, I did that.”