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Liverpool's Crouch: England will bounce back

Liverpool striker Peter Crouch insists England will bounce back from a disastrous Euro2008 qualifying campaign.

Last night's 3-2 defeat at home to Croatia eliminated England from next year's tournament, but Crouch told Sky Sports News: "I know the players have enjoyed working with him.

"We will get over it. It is a huge disappointment but if the manager stays I'm sure we'll get over it."

Crouch felt England fought well in the second half but fell only just short.

The Liverpool forward added: "We had the worst possible start, going 2-0 down but credit to the boys.

"It was a good second-half performance, to get back to 2-2 against a team like Croatia was fantastic but it wasn't enough in the end."

On his goal, he said: "I was very pleased with it. David (Beckham) found me with a pinpoint ball.

"I was pleased with the goal and at that point it looked great for us. I was pleased to get it but it fell apart."

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