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Big stage no tall order for Crouch: Nigel

Nigel Worthington has tipped Peter Crouch to have a big impact at the World Cup.

The Northern Ireland boss brought Crouch to Carrow Road almost seven years ago when he was Norwich City supremo.

“I was looking at Peter’s goals per game ratio for England and it's excellent,” said Worthington, with Crouch scoring 21 times in 38 internationals.

“I am not at all surprised. He’s a very, very tall lad with terrific ability with either foot.

“He showed that at Carrow Road and looking at the clubs since he left — Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham — he’s been with the England squad all that period and in the top four in the Premier League. Peter gives England a different option. He has great individual skill and has scored some fine individual goals.”

Worthington also worked with goalkeeper Robert Green who is hoping to feature in the opening Group C game against the USA on Saturday.

“I honestly don't know who Fabio Capello is going to go with,” added Worthington. “I think there are seven or eight places nailed down in the England team and two or three maybe up for grabs and the goalkeeper is definitely one of those.

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“He could go with the very experienced David James who has seen it all, or at the other end of the scale with Joe Hart, who is a very good young 'keeper, or with Robert Green, who is slap bang in the middle in age and experience. It depends how the manager sees it — I don't think there is a great deal between the three of them. It's a very interesting one for me to see who he plumps for.”

Green was still a Norwich player when a severe groin injury wrecked his World Cup dream four years ago.


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