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Crouch retires

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by rurikbird, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. rurikbird

    rurikbird Part of the Furniture Honorary Member

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    Peter Crouch retires from football at the age of 38
    • Forward retires with 42 caps and 22 goals for England
    • ‘Our wonderful game has given me everything’
    Press Association
    Fri 12 Jul 2019 06.56 EDTLast modified on Fri 12 Jul 2019 07.35 EDT


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    Peter Crouch played for nine clubs, including Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA
    The former England striker Peter Crouch has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38.
    The 6ft 7ins forward made his English league debut in 2000 with QPR and went on to play for nine clubs, including Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke, before spending the second half of last season at Burnley.
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    Crouch’s first England cap came against Colombia in May 2005 and he played 42 times for the Three Lions, scoring 22 goals.
    In a statement on Twitter, Crouch said: “After a lot of deliberation this summer I have decided to retire from football. Our wonderful game has given me everything. I’m so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and to help me stay there for so long.
    “If you told me at 17 I’d play in World Cups, get to a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 Premier League goals I would have avoided you at all costs. It’s been an absolute dream come true.”
    Crouch scored 108 top-flight goals in 468 appearances for seven different clubs and also holds the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history. He played at the 2006 World Cup and scored his first competitive goal for England during a 2-0 group-stage victory against Trinidad and Tobago. He was also selected for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
    Former England striker Alan Shearer wrote on Twitter: “Congrats big man, a brilliant career and good luck going forward.” Current England players Harry Maguire and Jack Butland, a team-mate of Crouch’s during his time at Stoke, also paid tribute to the striker. Maguire wrote: “Incredible career. Enjoy retirement.” Butland added: “Been an honour to play and share a dressing room with you big man petercrouch best of luck in the next stage of your career.”
    Crouch released a book – “How to be a Footballer” – last year, and has also worked in the media.
    Crouch, who won the FA Cup with Liverpool and helped them reach the 2007 Champions League final, added he was looking forward to spending more time with his family, having recently had a fourth child with wife Abbey Clancy.

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    YNWA Crouchy. At his best, he was a pretty good player, difficult to play against and always worked his arse off.
     
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  2. doctor_mac

    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    He's a complete legend.
     
  3. Shadey

    Shadey Every body's talking about Klopp music.. Member

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    Always remember his perfect hatrick against arsenal & yeah he is a legend in his own right.
     
  4. Esoteric

    Esoteric Hear the sound of the faces in the crowd Member

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    Great Pro ...and good feet for a big man.
     
  5. Modo

    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    Cult legend
     
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    Probably the one Liverpool player I followed and cheered even after he left.

    Started off with a spell as the most hardworking striker never to score. Always felt glad to see that he had scored after that, whoever he played for.

    His ungainly shape granted him a grace and self awareness few other professional football ever had.
     
  7. Tinto

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  8. Insignificance

    Insignificance Bad to the bone Member

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    This is correct for Tore André Flo as well
     
  9. Holle

    Holle Chainsmoker Member

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    He was shite on the wing.
     
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    Insignificance Bad to the bone Member

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    Dont be a sour Austrian... applaud a legend when a legend is there!!
     
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    Hass Well-Known Member

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    His header against utd in the cup, lovely stuff.
     
  12. Holle

    Holle Chainsmoker Member

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    He was a good egg alright. But a legend?
     
  13. Woland

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    He's a very joyful man who makes the world a better place, makes people feel better than they did before they spoke to him. Club legend? Probably not. But I hold him in much higher regard than most of our club legends.
     
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    He's big, he's red, his feet stick out of bed ...
     
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  15. Dreambeliever

    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    Love the man and thought the footballer was undervalued.

    A goal every other game for England which is better than a Lineker, Owen and Shearer.

    Scored some absolutely amazing goals for us.

    Won me 80 pound with his header against Utd that I got to witness live.

    Cult hero maybe.
     
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    Insignificance Bad to the bone Member

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    He? I am talking bout me...
     
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  17. Dreambeliever

    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    Reporter: “What would you be if you weren’t a footballer?”

    Crouch: “A virgin.”
     
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  18. momoWASboss

    momoWASboss Well-Known Member

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    I’d forgotten about most of his goals but I was always out on the piss during his spell with us.



    I enjoy his podcast. One of the few players who know they are blessed to have played at such a level.
     
  19. Dee

    Dee Well-Known Member

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    You speak wisely

    It must be shit when, even when you retire, your ability to grow is placed before your talent
    "The 6ft 7ins forward made his English league debut in 2000 ...."


    its like .. Well he's a lanky bastard so obviously hell be good at football .... yeah

    He was a decent forward for us when we we were struggling to stay afloat. I'd rate him as a solid 8/10 for the time we had him
     
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  20. Dreambeliever

    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    One of the few players to have scored multiple over head kicks.
     

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