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Former referee Graham Poll says officials at last summer's World Cup were encouraged by Fifa to "look out for" England striker Peter Crouch.

 

Crouch, 26, is banned for the Euro 2008 qualifier against Israel on Saturday and Poll says that is no surprise.

 

He told BBC 5live: "Fifa's head of refereeing said, 'look at Crouch, he's a pain and he gets away with a lot. We need to mark him out and look for him'.

 

"We were shown videos of him. I tried to defend him, being English."

 

Poll added: "Before last year's tournament in Germany, we watched England's warm-up games.

 

"We had been out there for two or three weeks before, and it was pointed out the way he used his arms.

 

"Now, Crouch has been picking up cautions in qualifying and is out of Saturday's match."

 

Recalled Wigan striker Emile Heskey could be set to partner Michael Owen in Crouch's absence on Saturday.

 

Crouch will be available when England take on Russia in another crucial Euro 2008 qualifier next Wednesday.

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you measn they noticed he's a big, clumsy lad without skill who barges around the penalty area?

 

 

 

:razz::icon_lol: :icon_lol:

 

how unfair...............

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you measn they noticed he's a big, clumsy lad without skill who barges around the penalty area?

 

 

 

:razz::icon_lol: :icon_lol:

 

how unfair...............

 

Who is also a good footballer?

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And they still didn't catch him pulling that lad's hair.
Yes it's quite odd someone 6 ft 7 still has to tug someone's hair to head the ball.

 

aaal that skill man.................

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And they still didn't catch him pulling that lad's hair.
Yes it's quite odd someone 6 ft 7 still has to tug someone's hair to head the ball.

 

aaal that skill man.................

 

Reminds me of Andreas Andreson that Dalglish signed.

He was a lankey streak of piss that couldn't head the ball either.

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Wyn the Leap was pretty good on the ground as well as in the air

 

But Greavsie and gerd Muller weren't much cop - too fat and low slung I guess

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True. Look at ameobi who is shite in the air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And on the ground as well for that matter.

yet that person who everyone likes to insult has done many good things for us. Can't seriously be the person most deserving of abuse but there are some odd people around.

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yet that person who everyone likes to insult has done many good things for us. Can't seriously be the person most deserving of abuse but there are some odd people around.

 

Good? I wasn't aware he had lifted any trophies during his time here.

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you measn they noticed he's a big, clumsy lad without skill who barges around the penalty area?

 

 

 

:lol::yes:hunter:

 

how unfair...............

 

Agree Rob it is of much mirth that Liv bought him and that the Rafa values him so highly...

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you measn they noticed he's a big, clumsy lad without skill who barges around the penalty area?

 

 

 

:lol::yes:hunter:

 

how unfair...............

 

What a load of shite. He's actually one of the most skillful players in the squad. The problem he has is everyone expects him to just win headers all the time.

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yet that person who everyone likes to insult has done many good things for us. Can't seriously be the person most deserving of abuse but there are some odd people around.

 

Good? I wasn't aware he had lifted any trophies during his time here.

 

Did Shearer? :lol:

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you measn they noticed he's a big, clumsy lad without skill who barges around the penalty area?

 

 

 

:lol::yes:hunter:

 

how unfair...............

 

What a load of shite. He's actually one of the most skillful players in the squad. The problem he has is everyone expects him to just win headers all the time.

 

What he said. Great with the ball at his feet but doesn't often get that opportunity with England because McLaren thinks height = ability in the air.

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"He's actually one of the most skillful players in the squad. "

 

thatI'm afraid tells it all

 

Notice England's fantastic record of success................. the flowing football, the freescoring teams , the Brazil of Europe, no?

 

We're a load of rubbish, running about like energizer bunnies.

 

We're scared shitless of ISRAEL FFS

 

Crouch wouldn't have got into ANY other European team - well no...maybe the Faeroes ...... we're a laughing stock choosing him

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