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Hughes: Crouch good enough for England

24 March 2014 09:53

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believes Peter Crouch could still do a job for England following his fine performance at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Crouch was an influential figure, scoring one goal and laying on another for Peter Odemwingie, as Stoke recorded a long-overdue away Premier League success with a convincing 4-1 triumph at Villa Park.

The win was Stoke's first on their travels in the league since August and lifted the club above Villa into 10th.

After the game, Hughes was invited to comment on the England prospects of Crouch, who has not represented his country since 2010 but boasts 22 goals from 42 international appearances.

Discussing whether the 33-year-old could yet make Roy Hodgson's FIFA World Cup squad, Hughes said: "Maybe people in charge are looking in different areas and maybe they think his time has come and gone, but if he was asked to go I'm sure he'd go. He wouldn't refuse the offer I'm sure.

"Peter is certainly an international-class player. He's scored goals at that level. He knows what's required.

"If anybody is wanting a view I can obviously give them a very positive one but whether or not we'll have that call I'm not sure."

Stoke have now scored seven goals in two games, after struggling in front of goal for much of the season, and Hughes was delighted to see Crouch hit the target on Sunday.

"He was outstanding (against Villa) and he has been all year," added the Welshman.

"The role that he has at times is a thankless task because at times this year we haven't had the support he needs but we're getting better in that regard."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
23 March 2014
Game week
31
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
1 - 3
Full-time
1 - 4
Venue
Villa Park (Birmingham)
Attendance
30292

Goals

C. Benteke 5'
(assist by F. Delph) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
22' P. Odemwingie
 (assist by P. Crouch)
1 - 2
26' P. Crouch
 (assist by E. Pieters)
1 - 3
1 - 4
90' G. Cameron
 (assist by M. Arnautović)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
4
23
2 83'
8 8'
16
15
7 81'
11
20 5' 52'
10
Coach: P. Lambert
# Player Bookings
1
3
17
12
20 90'
8 24'
6
15 42'
25 26'
9 22'
10
Coach: M. Hughes

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12 72'
18
29
3
6
13
37
# Player Bookings
5
23
28
29
30
11
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