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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 June 2006, 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
Shearer and Wright's view
Former England strikers Ian Wright and Alan Shearer cast their expert eyes over the strike pairing of Peter Crouch and Michael Owen in the goal romp over Jamaica.

Wright has no doubts that Crouch and Owen would make a good strike partnership to take England into the World Cup.

With fitness doubts still hovering over Wayne Rooney for the early group games, Wright feels the little and large act would prove to be a threat to most defences.

Shearer feels Crouch's unpredictability makes him a dangerous prospect to the opposition.

But typically of a former striker, Shearer does not like a goalscoring chance to go to waste!

Former England striker Ian Wright
Ian Wright
Former England striker and BBC pundit

I think Peter Crouch and Michael Owen have got something going.

I think they will be the ideal starters for England.

I thought Peter Crouch had blown his chance of a hat-trick when he missed the penalty but he then went and scored the best goal of the game.

Former England striker Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer
Former England striker and BBC pundit

Sometimes you don't know what you are going to get from Peter Crouch.

He produces moments of magic but then he can misplace the simplest of passes. You want to tell him to get the ball down and do the simple thing.

I wasn't happy with his penalty.

It was a chance for his hat-trick in a game before the World Cup and he tried to dink it in.

You have to be a special player to be able to do that - and I don't think he is at that stage yet.


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