Crouch seeks England positives

  • By: Phil Barnett, Press Association Sport, Cape Town
  • Last Updated: June 19 2010, 13:56 BST

England striker Peter Crouch tried to put a positive spin on their World Cup malaise by insisting "it's not all doom and gloom".

Peter Crouch - positive outlook.

Fabio Capello's side were booed from the pitch after a feeble goalless draw with Algeria in Cape Town, a result which leaves them with two points from two Group C matches.

With the stalemate at Green Point Stadium following a 1-1 draw with the United States in their opening game, England need to beat Slovenia to ensure they reach the last 16 in South Africa.

Crouch, a late substitute against Algeria, believes England's capacity to improve on two such lacklustre displays is cause for optimism.

"We can play a lot better than that," he said.

"On this occasion we didn't play great but it's not all doom and gloom, there's one more game to go.

"Hopefully we can get better. I was watching it the same as you, it was one of those games and things didn't seem to click.

"We'll work hard in training to get things right for the last game. We have to.

"If we win next week (against Slovenia) we are through. It's simple enough.

"It's a massive, massive game, it's 90 minutes and we've got an opportunity to play a lot better and get a result.

"In the first half especially we didn't pass the ball around well, a few players for Algeria did well and credit to them, they got the point.

"Certainly at half-time the manager wasn't happy. As the game went on we worked better and had some chances."

Crouch insists the experienced squad have skins thick enough to take the heat generated by their terrible tournament so far.

"We've got experienced players who have played in World Cups, European Championships and the Champions League before. Of course we're going to get our knockers.

"I'm sure all the lads can take it on their shoulders."