Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Croatia: Stop Beckham, Stop England
Independent, November 20th, 2007 5:30PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has been identified as the danger man in England's final European Championship qualifier Wednesday  against Croatia. England needs a draw or a win to advance to the finals next summer.
According to Croatia scout Goran Vucevic, who was on hand Friday as England beat Austria, 1-0, Steve McClaren's Lions are a one-trick team. He says the only real threat comes from Beckham's crossing ability. "I watched England in Vienna and they didn't show much development from when we beat them in Zagreb [in October 2006]," Vucevic said. "The one thing we must do is stop Beckham. He can put the ball on [Peter] Crouch's eyebrows and that can be dangerous."

Beckham's crossing is particularly dangerous when you a have a player like the 6-foot-7 Crouch. Reports in England indicate that Crouch will play as a lone striker supported by a five-man midfield. It's uncertain whether Beckham will start, although he is likely to come an as substitute if England fails to take control of the match.

"David Beckham is a fantastic player," Crouch said. "If you have someone like that in the side, I know I just need to get in the box because if he can find half a yard, he is going to whip a cross in. He is still one of the best at delivering set pieces or out wide, and for someone like myself, who scores the majority of goals from crosses, he is certainly a player to have."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
FIFA: Qatar Needs Labor Reform to Keep 2022 World Cup    
FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger on Tuesday indicated that 2022 World Cup host Qatar must ...
CWC: Auckland City the 'Winner,' but San Lorenzo Progresses     
Real Madrid's will face San Lorenzo of Argentina in Saturday's Club World Cup final after the ...
Di Maria Beats Messi, Aguero to Argentina's Player of the Year    
Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria has beaten Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to Argentina's player ...
League Cup: Rodgers Defends Sterling as Reds March On     
Following Liverpool's 3-1 League Cup quarterfinal win at Bournemouth, Coach Brendan Rodgers defended two-goal hero Raheem ...
League Cup: Pocchettino Hails 'Fantastic' Spurs     
Tottenham will play Sheffield United in the League Cup semifinal after thrashing Newcastle United 4-0 at ...
Klopp Hints at Dortmund Departure    
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp hinted that he could soon depart the BVB by saying he ...
Platini: Garcia Resignation a 'New Failure' for FIFA    
Michael Garcia, the man FIFA hired to investigate the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 ...
Xavi: I Want to be Like Pep     
In an interview with Spanish paper El Pais, Barcelona midfielder Xavi reveals that he wants to ...
Report: Odegaard to Sign for Bayern Munich    
Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard turned 16 on Wednesday, and reports in Germany claim that the Stromsgodset ...
Report: Falcao Wants to Stay, United Unsure    
In an interview with the Guardian, Radamel Falcao says he wants to stay at Manchester United, ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives