What exactly does Peter Crouch have to do to win true critical acclaim. OK so he scored three against Jamaica and two against Andorra (for which he got a bit of an undeserved warning from Rafa) to boost his 11 goal England tally, but all the great strikers cash in when they can. He looked great against Portugal up on his own when Rooney got sent off, and of course he was better suited to the role than Rooney, but again he did what was asked of him when it was needed.
He's come on and performed in virtually every England game he's ever played in, but as soon as Rooney's fit he'll probably get dropped. Why? He scores goals whatever the pressure, which is more than can be said of, Defoe (watch it sail over the crossbar from 10 yards) and in recent years Owen.
By all accounts he has the propensity to be absolutely dire. Ask Liverpool fans who watched the recent Hammers match, but lo and behold he popped up to score the winner.
He's slow, but he makes up for it with a disarmingly good feel for the ball and first touch considering his size.
I somehow think he'll remain a figure of fun. He'll never truly be taken seriously and maybe that dance was a very bad mistake. Had he not performed the robot, maybe people would have taken a better look. Who knows. Somehow I think he'll end up discarded. It's a shame.