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Whitbread backing Stoke pal Crouch for England

Stoke City midfielder Dean Whitehead hailed Peter Crouch after his goal scoring performance in victory over Wolves.

Whitebread feels he is right up there with the best in the Barclays Premier League.

"I thought the front lads were absolutely brilliant (against Wolves)," Whitehead told

"Crouchy and Jon (Walters) never stopped all game, and the deliveries from the wingers (Pennant and Matthew Etherington) were top notch as always.

"When you give players like Crouchy that sort of quality, they are going to score goals.

"He has scored quite a few recently, and I really don't think there are many better than him in the league at the moment."

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