Former England forward Peter Crouch has announced his retirement at 38. The veteran played 42 international matches for England scoring 22 times. He spread his premiere league career along 7 clubs totalling upto 408 caps. The 38-year old finished with 108 goals in a long career.
“Our wonderful game has given me everything”
An emotional Peter Crouch announced a long deliberated decision on Twitter.
“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,” Peter Crouch wrote on his twitter handle.
Peter Crouch: “It’s been an absolute dream come true.”
The hardworking forward, Peter Crouch started his England career back in 2005 against Columbia. His first club was Tottenham FC but he didn’t feature in any game of the but Spurs.
Peter Crouch hence, effectively started his club career at QPR. He then went on to play for Aston Villa, Southampton, and Liverpool and then re-joined Tottenham. Tottenham reached the finals in Champions League this year where they lost to his other former franchise Liverpool.
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 @premierleague goals I would have avoided you at all costs.
It’s been an absolute dream come true 🤖
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 12, 2019
Peter Crouch went on to add 200 caps at Stoke before finishings his career at Burnley. That he finished with 2 World Cups, a Champions League final and a FA Cup title is a remarkable achievement.
England International career
The 6’7″ tall forward was known for his headers in the English camp. So, doubtlessly most of his goals came through the aerial route. Peter Crouch started his career against Columbia in 2005 and featured in consecutive World Cups in 2006 and 2010.
— Premier League (@premierleague) July 11, 2019
Crouch was regular in most of the years from his debut for all the teams he played and he was still in very good shape at 38 but his game time had reduced.
That his current club limited his playing time to around 10-15 minutes per game had a say in his retirement. He didn’t want to warm the bench at the twilight of his career and perhaps bid goodbye with his head held high.
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