CROUCH WILL BE FIRED UP

Stoke city manager Tony Pulis has said that he expects striker Peter Crouch to the fired up for the start of the new season after being not selected for the squad that travelled to the Euro 2012. Peter Crouch has been one of the enigmas of English football.

Despite having an excellent record in international matches for England whenever he has played, Peter Crouch has had to prove himself time and time again with every manager. He has had time to do so, but the 30-year-old did not have the time when it came to the new England manager Roy Hodgson, who did not select him for the Euro 2012.

It has been rumoured that Peter Crouch will be announcing his retirement from international football after this snub from the former Liverpool manager. However, Tony Pulis has said that this snub will make the former Tottenham striker more enthusiastic ahead of the start of the new season. Despite spending close to £ 20 million last season, Stoke city finished only in the 14th position. Peter Crouch was one of the new arrivals at the club, but he is now expected to lead the team ahead of the next season.

‘I have spoken to Peter and he was very disappointed to be left out – and rightly so. I just said to him to go away and have a good family break, then come back raring to go for next season. I’ve no real worries with Peter because he’s an experienced lad and knows the score. If anything, his omission will be more of a motivation and he’ll come back flying,’ said Tony Pulis. It has been 18 months since Peter Crouch last played for England in a competitive match. Tony Pulis reckons that it is about time he played for England.