Crouch seeks to right wrongs

England striker looking to make amends for Euro heartache

Crouch: Looking to the future

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Peter Crouch is hoping for another crack at Croatia on Wednesday as he looks to banish painful memories.

The Tottenham striker was one of those on show for England as they saw their Euro 2008 dreams dashed by Slaven Bilic's side in November 2007.

Crouch was on the scoresheet during the Wembley contest, but was unable to prevent the Three Lions from slipping to a catastrophic 3-2 defeat.

The Croats are due back at the home of English football this week, with the tables having turned and Fabio Capello's side now standing on the brink of securing progression to a major tournament.

A positive result will send England to the 2010 World Cup, erasing the pain suffered under the disastrous tenure of former boss Steve McClaren.

"It was bittersweet for me because I thought I had scored the goal to send us through," said Crouch, who brought the scores level at 2-2 and rekindled qualification hopes.

"I thought we were going to the Euros and it was very disappointing the way we lost it.

World-class

"I did feel sorry for the manager at the time because the players were world-class and we needed to get through it.

"No-one wanted the manager to lose his job. It was one of those things, we didn't qualify for a major tournament and if you don't do that then it's difficult for an England manager.

"As players we felt we should have done more for the manager and I enjoyed working with him.

"I remember there was a bit of anger in the dressing room afterwards but mostly shock, to be honest, because the way the game panned out it was a strange, strange game.

"We managed to get back in it from 2-0 down and to within an inch of going through. Then there was catastrophe, but that's all in the past.

"Now we're looking forward, we've got a new manager and belief in ourselves. I think the results show that.

"The doom and gloom is behind us and now it's all geared up for getting to South Africa."