Peter Crouch is feeling positive as we count down to the big kick-off in the Premier League against Everton.
The striker scored the equaliser as we beat La Liga side Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in our final friendly on Saturday and is now with the England squad for Wednesday’s international against Holland.
With less than a week to go before we face the Toffees at the Lane, ‘Crouchy’ insists the squad is good enough to challenge again for a place in the Premier League’s top four.
“We’re all looking forward to it,” he said. “It was nice to play back in front of our supporters again and they gave us a great reception on Saturday.
“I think it will be an exciting season and when I look around our changing room, I don’t see too many teams better than ours.
“I believe in this squad and that we have good enough players to be challenging for that top four place. That has to be the aim.”
Crouchy’s volley from Gareth Bale’s cross made it three goals in his last two pre-season matches and Jermain Defoe fired home from Aaron Lennon’s cutback to secure the win.
“It’s nice to get goals in pre-season and for myself and Jermain that was important,” he added. “The main thing though was our closing down in the second half, we didn’t give them any time and put them under pressure.
“Bilbao are a good side and passed the ball well in the first half and it was important that we got about them in the second half and made it difficult for them. We’ve so much quality that when we do that we’re a match for any team.
“That was key to us getting a win and that’s important for the season ahead.”