Peter Crouch deserves an England recall ahead of the 2018 World Cup, according to Ray Wilkins.
Crouch’s last appearance for England came in a November 2010 friendly against France, in which he scored within a minute of coming on as a substitute.
The 36-year-old has not played a single international game since, despite reaching double figures for goals in four of the last six seasons, and boasting a tally of three goals in seven games this campaign.
The Stoke forward was not named on our latest England ladder, but Wilkins is fighting for his inclusion.
“If Daniel stays fit, we all know the talent Daniel has,” Wilkins told Sky Sports. “He has to get a work ethic into his head that when we don’t have possession of the ball we work hard to do something for the team. That’s why he doesn’t play for Liverpool.”
Asked who he would take to the World Cup instead of Sturridge, Wilkins replied: “You’ve got [Jermain] Defoe, then do we take a unit? Andy Carroll, maybe. Or Peter Crouch.
“I know people will go ‘Crouch?! What you talking about Crouch?!’ But if you look at Crouch’s goalscoring record for England he’s one of the only two that comes anywhere near [scoring] one-in-two. When he plays for England he scores for England.”
We’re on Ray’s side. Sorry.