Peter Crouch must really like Old Trafford! Having scored five times in his last two England internationals at the stadium, the lanky Liverpool centre forward added another two to his England tally in the 5-0 win over minnows Andorra on Saturday.
With competition for places at Anfield now as strong as ever with the arrival of Dirk Kuyt, Crouch has started the season well and scored in his two Liverpool outings as well. It’s a nice selection problem for Rafa Benitez to have now.
Reds captain Steven Gerrard was in impressive form too during the European Championship qualifier, he scored his 10th goal for his country chesting down an Ashley Cole cross and firing into the opposite top corner. He then supplied a killer cross for Jermaine Defoe to score the first of his two goals.
Gerrard occupied the right midfield spot again, where many had said he should have played during the World Cup to give the team balance. Former manager Sven Goran Erikkson though had the tactical nous of a 4 year old and decided to keep playing either him and Lampard together or a 5 man midfield with Rooney up front on his own. Under new boss Steve McClaren though the teams look to have shape and balance.
Although the international break so early in the season is a pain it’s good to see the Reds doing well and can only be good for their confidence.