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Peter Crouch has recalled Fabio Capello's baffling offer by beer ahead of England's clash with Germany in the 2010 World Cup.
The Three Lions faced their bitter rivals in the last 16 of the tournament after a disastrous group-stage campaign during which they drew with the USA and Algeria before edging out Slovenia.
Things went just as badly against Germany, with England succumbing to a 4-1 defeat in a match remembered for Frank Lampard's 'ghost goal'.
The humbling loss irks Crouch to this day, with the former England striker describing the mood among the squad as "great puzzlement" due to Capello's strange decision on the eve the match.
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"It was the night before the day you dream of being involved in as an England player: Germany, the last 16 of a World Cup and a global audience," the former Liverpool and Tottenham striker told the Daily Mail .
"What should have been a time of great excitement, however, had become a time of great puzzlement in our squad.
"Fabio Capello, a man who had previously not allowed us to have butter or ketchup at meal time, gave an invitation that none of us could quite believe.
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"'If you want to have a beer or a glass of wine with your dinner, you can,' Capello told us.
"Where had this come from? Nobody wanted him to make that offer — nobody even gave a second's thought to taking him up on the offer.
"But the very fact he made it showed you how bad things were going for us at the 2010 World Cup."
As mentioned by Crouch, Capello was infamous for his stringent approach to his players' diets and their training regimes.
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Therefore, it was a hugely-surprising move for the Italian to try and relax the mood in the camp by offering his players an alcoholic drink ahead of their biggest game of the tournament.
Meanwhile, England are set to face Die Mannscahft at a major tournament for the first time since 2010 this Tuesday in the last 16 of Euro 2020.
Crouch claims the positive atmosphere in the current England squad is a stark contrast to the team which was defeated 11 years ago.
He added: "When I look at Gareth Southgate's squad now and see how they are relishing their opportunity to take on the Germans, it reminds me of how different things were for us in South Africa.
"We were a squad of which big things were expected. But we weren't playing well and it led to an increase in tension.
"Whether Capello had just run out of ideas, I don't know. This gesture, though, felt desperate, the kind you see an exasperated parent make to a spoilt child in the hope of getting a change in behaviour. You know, deep down, it was never going to work."