LITESPORT 54 Wednesday, 11 November 2009 London Lite THIS PROVES ITAfter just fivestarts, Crouch is Englands big shot England prepare for taste of the future in Doha DEDICATED England fans and FIFA officials will have the chance to assess Qatars ambitious claims to stage the 2022 World Cup on Saturday. Since hosting a successful Asian Games in 2006 the tiny peninsula has adopted a simple approach to hosting international sporting events: bid, bid and bid again. The Olympic Games and footballs showpiece will be staged in the Middle East at some stage and Qatar wants to be in pole position. The country has strong links to Brazil -- Pele is backing their World Cup campaign -- and the South Americans will profit from Saturdays clash in Qatar. Brazil were Englands first opponents at the new Wembley in 2007 and were promised a rematch at a venue of their choice as part of the deal. Saturdays match will take place at Khalifa Stadium, a top-class facility renovated in 2006 with a 50,000 capacity. Weather has been cited as the main hurdle for any successful Olympics or World Cup bid by Qatar. Temperatures in the summer can reach 125 degrees but on Saturday it is likely to be comfortably warm, around 90 degrees. One not of caution -- fans attempting to smuggle alcohol into the country are unlikely to be deported immediately but drink will be confiscated and the authorities can make life difficult for anyone arriving inebriated. by david dibble Next stop Doha: The Khalifa Stadium is to host England and Brazil Inbrief Pav insists he wants to leave lTOTTENHAM striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is planning showdown talks with manager Harry Redknapp after the international break during which he will insist on being allowed to leave the club in January. I want to leave the club, said Pavlyuchenko, whose four league outings this season have all come from the bench. It is impossible to remain there under the circumstances I find myself in. Ronaldo ruled out of play-off lPORTUGAL winger Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of his countrys 2010 World Cup play-off ties against Bosnia-Hercegovina on 14 and 18 November. Ronaldo travelled to his homeland to have his ankle injury assessed, despite Spanish club Real Madrid claiming their player would not be fit enough to play. Cristiano was in Lisbon on Tuesday, said Portugals FA. The player is not in good enough physical condition. Oman, Aussies in for real test lIN-FORM Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer expects Sundays crucial AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Oman at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex to prove the toughest assignment of the campaign to date. Pim Verbeeks men will enter the clash as strong favourites despite being pushed to the limit in last months 1-0 victory over the Omanis at Etihad Stadium. We know theyre really going to be coming at us, he said. Toshack hit by Welsh rare fit lJOHN TOSHACK faces another Wales international handicapped by the withdrawal of key players. But the Wales chief admits that the players who have pulled out this time have genuine reasons. Craig Bellamy, Jack Collison, James Collins and Simon Davies are all missing from his squad to face Scotland at Cardiff Citys new stadium on Saturday. Toshack said: Weve had wretched luck. Cook concerned by Citys draws lMANCHESTER CITY executive chairman Garry Cook has admitted the Blues have lost their way since that stormy Premier League win over Arsenal in August. City started the campaign in fine form, winning their opening four games, but have drawn the last four. He said: Since the Arsenal game we have had a couple of games where we thought we could have probably come away with a better result but that is the way it works. PETER CROUCH goes into Saturdays glamourfriendlyagainstBrazilinQatar claiming:ThisprovesIwasrighttojoin Tottenham! Crouch has started just five times in the Premier League for Spurs since leaving Portsmouth in the summer -- scoring a single league goal against Birmingham in August -- but finds himself grabbing an England shirt alongside Wayne Rooney. Both Emile Heskey and Carlton Cole are injured while Manchester Uniteds MichaelOwenremainsunselected,leav- ing Crouch to dominate in Doha after his double against Belarus at Wembley last month. Sunderland, Fulham and Aston Villa were chasing the 28-year-olds signature before he eventually moved to White Hart Lane in July. The former Liverpool striker, who has scored four Carling Cup goals but noth- ing in his last eight Premier appear- ances, said: I think my role in the England squad vindicates my decision to join Tottenham. My mind was pretty much made up when I got the call from Harry Red- knapp.IknewSpurswereateammoving forward and challenging for things. We are looking to get into the top four and if that is your aspiration, it is only going to help your England chances. Jermaine Jenas, Jermain Defoe and Tom Huddlestone also made Fabio CapelloscurrentsquadandwithAaron Lennonstilltoreturnfrominjury,Spurs have a heavy influence on England. And Crouch believes: If Tottenham areplayingwellthenof courseitisgood for England. Dont forget we have a lot more English players -- David Bentley, Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate -- there are still a lot of players there who could be involved so if Tottenham are winning every week then it is good news for Fabio Capello. It is also fantastic for Tottenham to have so many players in and around the England squad. ThoughEnglandqualifiedcomfortably for South Africa next year, Crouch added:Perhapswestillhavesomething to prove against the top sides in the world. Brazil are one of those so we should not be fazed by it. Historically, you look at the Brazil sides of old with the flair and ability they have got and it is always a great fixture for England. Theyaresomethingdifferentbecause they are South American. They have a different style of play and that is some- thing we are all looking forward to. by neal collins H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html