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Lineker makes case for Crouch
Peter Crouch has received the Euro 2012 backing of former England sharp-shooter Gary Lineker.
New boss Roy Hodgson is due to unveil his 23-man England squad on Wednesday afternoon and is facing a number of selection dilemmas. Choosing his strikers could be particularly difficult given that obvious first choice Wayne Rooney is suspended for the opening two Group D matches against France and Sweden.
Stoke forward Crouch is the man Lineker would like to see involved. The former Everton and Tottenham striker said: "I would be surprised if Crouch is not in the squad. He is a proven goalscorer at international level, especially against weaker teams, and there are a couple of those in our group."
He added: "He can keep the ball and gives you a different option. With Crouch there is a tendency to want to hit long balls, which doesn't really work at that level.
"But it is only because he is so big. Technically, he is a decent footballer. I don't know what Capello's thinking was but I would definitely consider him."
Rooney's Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck is strongly fancied to make the cut despite missing his club's final two games with an ankle injury.
Darren Bent would have been a certainty too had it not been for the ankle injury that has kept him sidelined since February.
The Aston Villa man has confirmed he will be fully fit before the finals begin in Poland and Ukraine on June 8. But after such a long time out, Hodgson would be taking a major risk considering there are just two friendlies - against Norway and Belgium - before the France encounter in Donetsk on June 11.
Andy Carroll has made a late surge with his recent form for Liverpool and Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge has performed well in patches.
Hodgson has offered few clues to his eventual selection. On two separate occasions though, most recently on Monday evening, the 64-year-old has said he needed to pay considerable attention to the players responsible for getting England to the European Championship.