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Peter Crouch

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Biography

Date of birth

30/01/1981

Height

201 cm

Signed

31/01/2019

Country

England

The former England striker joined Burnley from Stoke City at the end of the January 2019 transfer window to make the Clarets the seventh Premier League club of a prolific career.

Thirty-eight at the time of his signing, Crouch arrived with a remarkable CV, boasting 205 club goals from 729 games and 22 goals in 42 international appearances.

After starting out at Tottenham, Crouch played his first senior football in this country with Queens Park Rangers in 2000 before moving to Portsmouth for the first of two spells at Fratton Park.
His first taste of the top-flight then came following a move to Aston Villa in March, 2002.

The towering frontman was sold to Southampton for a one-season stay in 2004/05, where his 12 Premier League goals couldn’t keep the Saints in the top flight but earned him a first England call-up at the end of the campaign.

And following Southampton’s relegation, Liverpool swooped to sign Crouch to start a three-year stay at Anfield which brought him an FA Cup winners’ medal and an appearance in the 2007 Champions League final.

After scoring 42 goals in his time on Merseyside, Crouch returned to Portsmouth for 12 months before heading back to Tottenham.

In his two full seasons back at White Hart Lane, Crouch helped Harry Redknapp’s side qualify for the Champions League and famously scored the winning goal in a last-16 victory at AC Milan.

In August, 2011, Stoke made Crouch their then record £10m signing as he went on to become the Potters’ Player of the Year in his first season at the Britannia Stadium.

He went on to spend seven seasons in the Premier League with Stoke, three times helping them finish ninth in the table - their highest league placing since the mid-1970s - before they were relegated at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Crouch was involved in 23 games for Stoke at Championship level before returning to the top tier with the Clarets to try and add to his 462 appearances and Premier League goals 108 goals.

Of those, 53 had been scored with his head – a Premier League record.

At international level, Crouch won his first England caps in 2005 and the following year scored 11 goals in 12 England appearances.

He was top scorer in England’s unsuccessful Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, but played in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup Finals before making his last England appearance in November, 2010 – fittingly scoring after coming off the bench.

Crouch was unable to add to his Premier League goal tally with Burnley as an appendix operation limited thr striker to just six appearances – all from the substitutes’ bench – during his first season at Turf Moor.

But he still made a positive impact on and off the pitch to help Sean Dyche's side stay up and keep alive the possibility of him continuing his career with the Clarets if he opts to play on beyond the end of his initial short-term deal with Burnley which expires in June, 2019.

 

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