Crouch relishing Gunners test

The Spurs striker had yet to get off the mark in the league before

pouncing on a defensive mistake at the weekend to score in the 4-2

victory over Blackburn at White Hart Lane on Saturday. But he has

still been pleased with his overall form this term, having found

the target five times in Europe and contributed several assists.

Crouch said: “I have scored six goals this season and I have been

part of another five maybe – that is 11 goals. “Everyone loves

scoring, don’t get me wrong, and I am no different. When you are a

striker you get judged on that. “I have been scoring in the

Champions League and my last goal was against Inter Milan – which

was only a couple of games ago. “So, yes, I feel confident that I

will score goals and it was pleasing to get one against Blackburn.

“I have been pleased with my performances and the manager would not

play me if he did not think I was having an impact.” The next

challenge for Tottenham is a North London derby at the Emirates

Stadium at lunchtime on Saturday and Crouch is in confident mood.

He does not believe much should be read into Spurs’ 4-1 defeat at

the hands of the Gunners in the Carling Cup earlier in the season,

insisting the gap between the fierce rivals has narrowed. “We are

looking forward to the game at Arsenal. We are not there yet, but

we are certainly a lot closer to them than we have been for a long

time,” said Crouch. “They are a top-quality side with a lot of

young players. We changed our side around in the Carling Cup when

Arsenal won 4-1 but they were fantastic. “We know that they are a

great side but I believe that on our day we can beat anyone. “If

you really want to have a proper impact on the league you have to

go to places like Arsenal and pick up points. We have a lot of

talent to do that.” Crouch has been included in Fabio Capello’s

England squad for the friendly against France on Wednesday, when he

will be hoping to continue his fine form at international level. He

added: “I can’t put my finger on why I have scored so many goals

for England and in the Champions League. “I just try to do well for

Tottenham and, if that catches the eye of the England manager, then

great. “But if not I am happy doing the business here.”