Peter Crouch has spoken out about his fears of never playing again for the England national team, despite only being 30 years of age. The Stoke City striker has not been selected for the national side since late last year and was left out of the recent squad that travelled to Montenegro for England’s final Euro 2012 qualification match.
The striker made clear his opinions after watching England striker Wayne Rooney pick up a needless red card against Montenegro last week. The Manchester United striker failed to finish the game after he kicked out at one of the Montenegro players after a frustrating game and personal problems got the better of him. He will now be banned for the start of next years’ European Championships.
Current England manager Fabio Capello will now be forced to find an alternative goalscoring solution up front as the team prepare to travel to Poland next summer in the knowledge that the talented and talismanic Rooney won’t be present in the crucial early stages. Despite this, the down to earth Peter Crouch seems strangely confident that Capello’s plans will not include him.
The aim for Crouch will be to continue playing well for Stoke regardless of any other distractions, but not “carry much hope” of an England recall next summer. Since moving to Stoke from Tottenham Hotspur, where he was dissatisfied at not being picked by Harry Redknapp often enough, during the summer transfer window, the player has been in good form, so shouldn’t be too upset even if Capello doesn’t decide to call upon his services. He’s scored twice in just six appearances since moving up north to Stoke and has been one of the best players during the side’s solid start to their Premier League campaign.
Should this end up being the closing stages of Crouch’s footballing career on the international stage, he will always be remembered with affection by England fans after securing an impressive scoring record for England, combining a habit of celebrating in mildly comic ways with a really admirable tendency to grab crucial goals. To highlight the impressive record, even though the player has started a total of just 19 games for England, he has managed to grab 22 goals, with the last of those coming in 2010 during a loss for the Three Lions against France.
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