Capello reluctant to commit Spurs striker Crouch to World Cup squad

England boss Fabio Capello dismissed questions about two-goal Tottenham striker Peter Crouch after last night's victory over Egypt. Crouch replaced Jermain Defoe at the interval.

England boss Fabio Capello dismissed questions about two-goal Tottenham striker Peter Crouch after last night's victory over Egypt.

Crouch replaced Jermain Defoe at the interval.

But Capello snapped: "If Defoe had scored two goals - and he had two chances - then you'd have asked me why I substituted him?

"But yes, Crouch is one of the most important players.

"Today it was better to start with Defoe to know whether he and Rooney can play together."

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