Former England International Peter Crouch Announces Retirement from Football

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2019

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Peter Crouch of Burnley FC looks on during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on March 2, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
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Former England international Peter Crouch announced his retirement from football on Friday aged 38.

The striker revealed the news on Twitter:

Crouch, who played for 11 clubs—including Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City—made 42 appearances for England, scoring 22 goals.

He spent the final six months of his career with Burnley after joining them in January, but he made just six appearances and did not find the net.

On his decision to retire, the forward wrote in the Daily Mail:

"It has left me emotional and it feels weird not to be preparing for a new campaign, but circumstances over the last couple of seasons have made me realise that this is the right thing to do.

"To go from being a regular starter to someone whose role is limited to 10 or 15 minutes off the bench has been hard to accept. I will be 39 in January, but I am physically fit and could have carried on. What I didn't want to be was someone who was thrown on to have balls smashed up to them."

The 6'7" centre-forward scored 108 Premier League goals in 468 appearances.

As Opta's Duncan Alexander observed, he was, naturally, an effective threat in the air:

He was also a player with more technical skill than he was often given credit for, and acrobatic overhead kicks became something of a staple in his arsenal.

Crouch moved to the Clarets from Stoke, where he spent eight years and scored 61 times in 261 outings.

The only major honour of his career came with Liverpool, the 2006 FA Cup. He also appeared in the UEFA Champions League final the following year with the Reds, but they were beaten 2-1 by AC Milan.

With the Three Lions, Crouch featured at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.

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