Corluka plays waiting game

The former Manchester City star is close to getting back to full

fitness after suffering the effects of playing regularly for a

number of years. But even though he could struggle to get back into

Harry Redknapp’s side, Corluka maintains he is not thinking of

moving on. “After playing regularly for a few years, my body

started to feel that and I got a series of injuries,” he told

Sportske Novosti. “After the last national team action I returned

to England injured and I couldn’t train for two-and-a-half weeks,

and that is why I understand that I don’t have a place in the first

team. “I don’t complain. The manager has his own vision and he

doesn’t talk about that with us players. “We just have to train

very hard and whoever is not playing has to wait for his chance.

“I’m waiting for my chance and I’m trying to stay in the best shape

so I won’t have any problems when the manager does put me in the

team. “Tottenham is a very big club which plays in a lot of serious

competitions, so everybody in the team is very important. “In

seasons before this one I was playing regularly and others were

sitting on the bench, but now it is my turn. But I don’t have any

problems, I’m happy to wait. I’m not thinking about switching

clubs.” Meanwhile, England striker Peter Crouch knew it was only a

matter of time before Tottenham started to win convincingly. Crouch

scored his first league goal of the season in their 4-2 success

over Blackburn at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Gareth Bale opened

the scoring in the first half, Roman Pavlyuchenko headed home the

second after missing a penalty to make it 2-0 before half-time,

Crouch slid home the third and Bale notched his second of the game

in the 75th minute. Rovers reduced arrears with two late goals but

Crouch was full of pride over the way Spurs played. “We played some

great stuff and it was always a matter of time before we beat a

team convincingly with the way we’ve been playing,” said Crouch,

who has now joined up with the England squad for Wednesday’s

international friendly against France. “We’ve been passing the ball

about fantastically well, creating chances and the goals went in

this time, so that was pleasing. “Blackburn had to change their

system after half an hour and that was down to how we were playing.

“My goal was important, but I’m more interested with the result

first and foremost. I think it was a great win, we played

fantastically well and fully deserved the three points.”