Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crouchy Gives Us So Much

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crouchy Gives Us So Much

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Steve McClaren claims Peter Crouch is appreciated for his work-rate as much as his strike-rate inside the England camp.

Crouch, 25, scored twice against Andorra on Saturday to take his England goal tally to 10 in 13 games.

The manager admits it is a "phenomenal" record for a player who only made his debut 15 months ago, but insists the Liverpool hitman has a lot more to offer.

McClaren said: "He's a team player and, when we do the stats and look at the fitness, he runs more than any other player in a game.

"For a striker it's a phenomenal amount of work he's getting through.

"He runs about 13km, maybe more sometimes, and the average is 12 and a half for a midfielder. He is consistently above. I've seen him do 14 before."

McClaren tracks his players' mileage using digital coaching aids like Prozone and trawls through video tapes to monitor their impact on the game.

Crouch can look ungainly, but the manager's data proves the 6ft 7in striker is proving highly effective in international football. …

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