Mark Hughes has made some big changes to the goalkeeping position of his team in Stoke City as Shay Given was signed to the Premier League club and AsmirBegovic is on the verge on being offloaded to Chelsea.
Stoke City signed the 39 year old Shay Given on a 2 year long contract as the experienced shot-stopper was lured in from Aston Villa. The veteran shot-stopper was initially not expected to turn into an active or influential figure in his new club at the Britannia Stadium but considering that Begovic is close to signing with Chelsea, now Shay Given might be the main goal-keeper of Stoke City for the next few seasons or at least provide Jack Butland with some serious competition.
Despite being 34 years old, Peter Crouch has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the upcoming England squad after his recent run of form.
The striker has scored three goals in his last three appearances for Stoke City. Even though England manager Roy Hodgson has a number of strikers at his disposal right now, the presence of Crouch provides a totally different perspective to the style of play.
However, the former Liverpool striker has ruled out the possibility of getting back to the national team – despite not officially retiring just yet – even with the good form.
Peter Crouch marked a return to the Stoke City starting line-up by scoring within one-minute against Arsenal during the weekend.
This impressive start helped them get a 3-2 victory, but Stoke appeared on the way to an even better result when they were leading 3-0 at half-time. Arsenal came into the encounter with renewed confidence after the run of three consecutive victories in which they conceded no goals. The matches against Southampton and Borussia Dortmund were seen as major tests for Arsene Wenger’s team but they passed this with flying colours. As is the case with this campaign, consistency proved hard for the North London outfit on Saturday.
The goal-scoring record of Peter Crouch with Stoke City is not a very impressive one as the English attacker has only managed to score 27 goals in over 100 Premier League appearances for Stoke, comparing this feat to some other strikers it isn’t a very remarkable feat but nonetheless, Peter Crouch is hoping that he can continue performing with Stoke City the next years of his career.
Peter Crouch had no fear in expressing his experience performing for Stoke City which is the club that he signed with a few years ago.
Crouch has not made an appearance for England at the international stage in over 2 years and the player himself has stated that he does not have any hopes of being called up to represent England for their upcoming matches, which means that Crouch can just focus on playing the remaining seasons of his career for Stoke City and nothing else.
Stoke City’s Peter Crouch is a player that is constantly being linked with a move to QPR as the coach Harry Redknapp is interested in signing the English forward. Crouch and Redknapp have already worked together on a number of occasions in the past as they played side by side some years ago when performing for Tottenham, Southampton and Portsmouth.
Even though Crouch and Redknapp maintain a healthy relationship between themselves, Crouch is not looking to move away from Stoke City anytime soon as he spoke to the media concerning certain transfer rumors and denied all of them.
England began their first steps towards preparing for the World Cup 2014 after flying out to Portugal in order to take part in a training session. The first match of the tournament will be against Italy, which represents a significantly tough opening match. Hence, England need to be at the peak condition from the word go. Manager Roy Hodgson has decided to name a youthful looking squad for the tournament. A number of experienced campaigners like Ashley Cole and Michael Carrick have been left out of the squad.
Peter Crouch has not played for England since 2010 and the English striker does not have much hopes of ever being called up again as he himself stated some time ago but Mark Hughes believes that Crouch would improve England.
“Peter is an international-class player. He’s proven that and he’s got a great record. He gives you a focal point and his link-up play is excellent. Maybe people in charge now are looking in different areas and are looking for a similar type of player, a player who’s as effective as Peter Crouch, but maybe they think his time has come and gone. If he was asked to go I’m sure he wouldn’t refuse the offer.” Hughes said as he praised Peter Crouch.
Since Tim Howard made his arrival to Everton, he has been a consistent starter for the Premier League club and the current campaign is no different as he is the preferred choice of Roberto Martinez.
Everton went through one of their toughest matches of the season as they travelled to Stamford Bridge in order to play against Chelsea and they suffered a 1-0 loss during the last few seconds of the match. If they could have secured a draw, then Everton could have seen themselves ahead of Manchester United in the Premier League standings.
Tim Howard had his work cut out as he made a number of saves throughout the entire match against Chelsea but at the 93rd minute, John Terry was able to put the ball past the American goalkeeper and despite being able to make 7 saves in the entirety of the encounter, it wasn’t enough for Everton to hold on to the draw.
Peter Crouch is reportedly wanted by the Championship club Queens Park Rangers. Harry Redknapp who is in charge at QPR has already worked with the veteran striker quite a few times in the past and he is interested to do that again.
Crouch who has become 33 years old now has been in fine form at Stoke this season. His league goals’ tally for the season reads 6 and that clearly suggests how well he has played for the Potters.
Crouch is one of those players who have changed clubs frequently during his playing career. He has been active in professional arena for about 15 years and in that period; he has already played for 12 clubs. He doesn’t usually stick to a club for more than a couple of years.
However, he has been at Stoke City since quite some time now. He had landed at the Britannia Stadium in August 2011 and he has already spent 2 and half years there.
Tottenham recently sacked Andre Villas-Boas and have replaced Tim Sherwood as the new first-team coach. Stoke city striker Peter Crouch has said that his former club will be able to rediscover the impressive form under the new manager.
Tottenham have been billed as a strong favourite for the top four this season, but a poor run of form in recent weeks has resulted in the club slipping down the table. They recently lost 5-0 at the hands of Liverpool – one of their top four rivals. Crouch is someone who knows Sherwood well and he says that the new manager will be able to get Spurs out of their troubles.