Peter Crouch is hoping he has given Fabio Capello a selection headache after continuing his prolific goalscoring run for England. The Tottenham Hotspur striker netted twice in the 3-0 win over Belarus in a 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier at Wembley.
Crouch appears to be well down Capello's list of favoured strikers and had not started any of the previous four internationals. But the absence of Wayne Rooney and Emile Heskey presented Crouch with another opportunity, and he took his goal tally to 16 in 17 starts for his country.
Shaun Wright-Phillips was also on target as England finished their qualifying campaign with nine wins out of ten, six points clear of second-placed Ukraine.
Crouch said: "It was very enjoyable. It is good to finish the qualifying campaign on a winning note at Wembley and take that into the World Cup. For me personally I was pleased to get a couple of goals.
"Have I given the manager a bit of food for thought? Yes. All I can do when given an opportunity is to try to take it and the goals help and hopefully my performance has given him something to think about.
It is good to finish the qualifying campaign on a winning note at Wembley and take that into the World Cup.
"People keep asking me that question and I seem to always be saying that," he said. "I am pleased with the way it went tonight. But we have got some fantastic competition for places, certainly in the striking area, and all I can do is to score goals and hopefully get a chance."
Crouch said: "We've got guys out injured at the moment and it would be nice to play a couple more games, but it is back to the club now and I shall be concentrating on things at Tottenham.
"We've had a fantastic record in the qualifying group and hopefully we can take that through to the World Cup now."