Crouch pleased with 'impact'

Published Nov. 18, 2010 7:15 a.m. EST

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."