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Oct 6, 2012

Pulis: Crouch must carry on

Peter Crouch has been told he has to take his latest England cold-shouldering in his stride as he prepares to outshine Liverpool's man of the moment at Anfield on Sunday.

Unlike his skipper Ryan Shawcross, the in-form Stoke City striker was this week overlooked by Roy Hodgson in the naming of the England squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland. But he has been reassured he has an unwavering admirer at least in his club boss Tony Pulis.

"We're disappointed for Crouchie because he has been doing so well," Pulis said. "But he is a big boy and has to take it on the chin, which is what he will do.

"He was the first to congratulate Ryan on his call-up and knows he just has to carry on scoring goals as he has been."

While Crouch has scored five goals in his last five appearances, Luis Suarez has found some serious finishing form in Brendan Rodgers' up-and-down side, following up his hat-trick at Norwich last weekend with a gem of a set-piece in a losing cause at home to Udinese on Thursday.

Pulis was at Anfield to witness the Uruguayan's latest heroics and will be looking to Shawcross to underline his international credentials by keeping him quiet.

"It will be a tough, tough game for him and Robert Huth," he added. "Suarez is one of the top strikers around and showed it again with a fantastic finish from the free-kick.

"He has real qualities and I'd prefer to have him in my side than against me. But they have 11 outstanding players and we don't make special rules for anyone, including him.

"Anfield is one of the great stadiums and Liverpool are one of the great football clubs but we go there in hope, not trepidation. We should cherish going there and Old Trafford."

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