Redknapp: Crouch must go to WC

The 29-year-old again found himself warming the bench for the

Premier League clash against Blackburn on Saturday, as Russian

Roman Pavlyuchenko continued his fine form with a brace in the 3-1

victory which kept Spurs in the top four. Crouch, though, remains

one of the most consistent performers with England, taking his

tally to 20 goals from 37 caps when he scored twice against Egypt

at Wembley recently. Redknapp, who also worked with the 6ft 7ins

forward at Southampton and Portsmouth, believes Crouch has to be a

key member of Fabio Capello’s squad for South Africa. “Crouch has

to go to the World Cup,” the Tottenham manager said. “He seems to

score every time he plays for England, he leads the line well,

holds the ball up and wins every header. “He gives you something

completely different when games are tight. “You can play long balls

to him, he will win headers and (help) other players to get around

the second ball and open packed defences. “I think both he and

(Spurs team-mate) Jermain Defoe will go to the World Cup.”