England lose Crouch for qualifiers

The Spurs frontman was always going to be a major doubt once club

boss Harry Redknapp revealed what he thought was a rib problem

after Saturday’s surprise home defeat to Wigan. Coach Fabio Capello

took the precaution of naming an additional striker in his 24-man

squad, so when it was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon Crouch had

returned to Spurs for treatment, there was no requirement for a

replacement to be drafted in. As Bobby Zamora was ruled out prior

to the squad being announced, it leaves Capello to choose from

Wayne Rooney, Carlton Cole, Darren Bent and Jermain Defoe, who has

recovered from a groin complaint, amongst his striking options. The

Football Association opted not to make any further injury

announcements, although the fact Crouch is the only player being

released and no call-ups have been requested must be viewed as good

news given England only had one goalkeeper at training on Tuesday.

There is cover for Phil Jagielka, who also sat out training on

Tuesday with an ankle problem which David Moyes revealed made him

an extreme doubt following Everton’s defeat at Aston Villa on