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Goal-den chance

Posted on 21 May 2010  - 12:00

Peter Crouch hopes his excellent international goalscoring record will see him through to this summer's World Cup Finals with England.

Goal-den chance

Peter Crouch hopes his excellent international goalscoring record will see him through to this summer's World Cup Finals with England.

The striker has netted an impressive 20 goals in 37 caps for his country and has been named in Fabio Capello's 30-man provisional squad, along with five of his Spurs team-mates.

Crouchy acknowledges competition for places in the final squad of 23 is fierce, so he knows he can't rest on his laurels, with Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey and Darren Bent all hoping to board the plane to South Africa as well.

But at the same time, the big man takes confidence from having proven himself time and time again at the highest level, including last time out for the Three Lions in a friendly with Egypt at Wembley in March, when he netted twice.

Currently on England's pre-tournament training camp in Austria, Crouchy said: "It just shows the quality of the squad. We have fantastic strength in depth. We have players chomping at the bit to be part of the team.

"You have to be on your toes if you have the shirt and perform to the best of your ability otherwise there will be someone top class trying to take your place.

"I have high hopes of doing well in South Africa. Obviously the last few games I have been happy with my performances and I have scored a few goals. I'm very proud of my goal record and hopefully that will be enough to be a part of this World Cup."

Crouchy also takes pride in having five of his Spurs team-mates with him in Austria, and believes they can take the momentum of Champions League qualification with them to South Africa if selected.

He added: "It's great that we have that many and we're all full of confidence going into it on the back of a real good season. I scored the goal against Manchester City and the rest of the Spurs players are feeling top of their game, too."