Why isn't forgotten Stoke striker in World Cup contention?

Andy Carroll has been touted for a World Cup spot - but why not Stoke City striker Peter Crouch?

During Stoke's 3-1 win against West Ham on Saturday, both Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch show-cased their talents.

We all know Roy Hodgson loves a cross, meaning he will likely take a target man with him to Brazil. But why are Rickie Lambert and Carroll the only names being suggested?

For that last England spot at the World Cup, surely Crouch deserves at least a mention?

StrikerTeamAerial Duels WonHeaded PassesShots on TargetMins
Andy Carroll West Ham 10 9 2 83
Peter Crouch Stoke 7 19 2 90
Carlton Cole West Ham 2 3 0 14
Marko Arnautovic Stoke 1 4 2 90
Peter Odemwingie Stoke 0 2 2 90

As Opta stats from yesterday's Premier League action show, both Carroll and Crouch enjoyed a good day in the air - which, in fairness to the strikers, happens more often than not.

While Carroll won more aerial duels and managed to score, though, Crouch made 10 more headed passes and can claim to have scored himself (Peter Odemwingie was awarded the first goal when the 33-year-old did a lot of the work).

The Stoke striker, meanwhile, has been consistent all season. With six goals and four assists to his name, Crouch has hardly been anonymous at the Britannia Stadium - and his wealth of England experience gives him a distinct edge over his rivals.

And you cannot use the argument of age against him - as Lambert is 32.

Indeed, if Carroll and Lambert are continuously linked with a spot on the plane to Brazil, it would only be logical to include Crouch's name in the mix.

The 33-year-old may not offer pace or supreme dribbling - but neither would Carroll or Lambert. If it is a target-man Roy wants, Crouch could be his man.

Is Crouch worth an outside shot at the World Cup?

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