Last Updated: Sun, 08 Apr 2012 14:43
Stoke midfielder Dean Whitehead believes there are few strikers in the top flight better than Peter Crouch at the moment.
Crouch headed home the winner from Jermaine Pennant's free-kick in the Potters' 2-1 home victory over Wolves on Saturday to take his goal tally for the campaign to 13 in all competitions.
In the previous game at the Britannia Stadium, a 1-1 draw with Manchester City, he volleyed in a contender for goal of the season and there has been plenty of talk about whether or not the 31-year-old should be given an England recall in time for Euro 2012.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis said on Saturday that if the decision was his, "game changer" Crouch would certainly be going to the tournament. And the tall frontman has also received praise from his team-mate Whitehead, who feels he is right up there with the best in the Barclays Premier League.
"I thought the front lads were absolutely brilliant (against Wolves)," Whitehead told the club's official website. "Crouchy and Jon (Walters) never stopped all game, and the deliveries from the wingers (Pennant and Matthew Etherington) were top notch as always.
"When you give players like Crouchy that sort of quality, they are going to score goals. He has scored quite a few recently, and I really don't think there are many better than him in the league at the moment."
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