CROUCH WANTS ENGLAND RETURN

Former Tottenham and Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has stated that he would one day like to return to the England national team if he is recalled. The striker has not officially retired, but he has not been called up for the national team duty in the last three years.

His last match was against France in a friendly encounter back in 2010. At 32 years of age, he does not have a long time left in football. However, he would be one of the experienced strikers for Roy Hodgson at the 2014 World Cup. He made his debut for the national team in 2005.

Since then, he has gone on to make 42 appearances. He has one of the best scoring records amongst the international strikers, as he has managed to plunder 22 goals in these matches. He may not have been in the best form with Stoke city in recent times, but Crouch is confident of making a strong impression on Hodgson this season. The arrival of Mark Hughes is expected to slightly change the style of football at Stoke city, but this is not to the detrimental effect for Crouch. Despite his incredible height, Crouch is actually a very good footballer.

“There have been a few squads since the new manager took over and I haven’t been involved. It doesn’t bother me too much. Obviously I have played a few times for my country and I absolutely loved it but first and foremost is to do well for your club. That’s what I’ve got to do and if the call came then great. If not, so be it, it’s certainly doesn’t bother me too much. For both sides it would be better if it was to be sorted out one way or another,” said the 32-year-old to Sky Sports.