Spurs coach advice stayed with Liverpool's Crouch
Crouch was 17 and struggling to make the grade but he recalls: "Des said I'd play up front with Jermain for England one day. It was an extraordinary thing to say because I was a million miles away."
Crouch, with Defoe alongside, scored the only goal in Austria on Friday and the pair may play against Croatia on Wednesday.
Bulpin is now Plymouth's first-team coach.