Crouch looks to the positives

England striker Peter Crouch remains in an upbeat mood despite Saturday's disappointing opening game draw in the World Cup against the USA.

Fabio Capello's side appeared to be on course for a straightforward victory when Steven Gerrard gave them a fourth-minute lead but Robert Green's disastrous error allowed Clint Dempsey to snatch an equaliser before half time.

Crouch still thinks England can enjoy a successful World Cup though, telling the Daily Mirror:"When we scored the early goal we thought we'd go on and win by more goals but it wasn't to be. A lot of the first games in groups don't quite live up to expectations.

"But we've not lost the game, like a lot of people seem to be making out and we have to go forward with confidence.

"The manager told us he saw things in the first game that were encouraging. He has taken them and told us we should still believe in ourselves. We need to take those things into the next game."

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