"He was probably the main influence on us winning. For the crosses into the box, the defenders were worried about him - which created space for Michael." Crouch was booed when he came off the bench in the last international against Poland and has still not scored for Liverpool in 14 games since his £7m summer move. But Rooney added: "Over the past few weeks Peter has been given quite a bit of stick at times, but he's played well, kept his head down and worked hard.
Football related jokey pokey
A man had tickets to the FA Cup Final. As he sits down, a man comes down
and asks if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him. "No", he says.
"The seat is empty."
"This is incredible," said the man. "Who in their right mind would have
a seat like this for the FA Cup Final, the biggest sporting event in
the world, and not use it?" He says "Well, actually, the seat belongs to me.
I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first
FA Cup Final we haven't been to together since we got married in 1967".
"Oh ... I'm sorry to hear that. That's terrible. But couldn't you find
someone else - a friend or relative, or even a neighbour to take the
seat?" The man shakes his head.
"No. They're all at the funeral."