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Peter Crouch's Biography

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Peter Crouch was born on 30th January, 1981, in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Crouch is an England striker, who is 6'7" tall.

Crouch played for Tottenham's youth side but moved to QPR as a professional. At Loftus Road he scored 10 league goals in the 2000-01 season, but was then sold to Portsmouth for his first stint at the club to which he returned in 2008.

In just 37 appearances for Pompey in that stint Peter Crouch scored 18 goals, which resulted in an U21 England call-up. In 2002, he moved to Villa and started well, scoring against Newcastle on his home debut, but in the end he couldn’t keep his place in the side and was loaned to Norwich.

Crouch returned to Villa, but in 2004, Southampton gained his services with a £2million bid, however, he could not get into the team until December, when Harry Redknapp took over.

Peter Crouch was named Saints Player of the Year for 2005 after scoring 16 goals in 33 games, but he couldn’t stop Southampton being relegated.

He moved to Liverpool for £7million but was very heavily criticised in his first few months due to a serious lack of goals. For an incredible 4 months, in which he played 19 games he didn’t score.

Crouch finally scored in early December against Wigan. He finished the season with 8 league goals and an FA Cup Winner’s medal.

Having been booed for England during the World Cup qualifying campaign, he still had a lot to prove to the fans and he eventually won their approval.

Crouch came on against Hungary in a pre-World Cup friendly and scored to secure the victory. His goal celebration, later named the Robokop, caused a media sensation.

Four days later, just one week before the World Cup, Crouch started against Jamaica in another friendly, and scored a hat-trick - a performance that probably confirmed his place, given that Wayne Rooney was injured, partnering Michael Owen up front in the opening World Cup games.

Peter Crouch was in the England 2006 World Cup Squad.

In July 2008 after a season in which he failed to command a regular first team place at Liverpool, Peter Crouch was transferred to Portsmouth for about £11m.

At Portsmouth, Peter Crouch joined his England colleague Jermain Defoe, before the latter moved back to Spurs.

In July 2009, Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy got engaged. They married in the summer of 2011 and have a daughter Sophia Ruby.

On 27 July 2009, the transfer of Peter Crouch from Portsmouth to Spurs was confirmed. It meant that Crouch was once more reunited with manager Harry Redknapp, and fellow striker Jermain Defoe.

On 31 August 2011, the last day of the transfer window, Peter Crouch was transferred from Spurs to Stoke in a deal reported to be worth £10 million.

On 1 February 2017, Peter Crouch scored his 100th goal in the Premier League in Stoke's 1-1 draw with Everton.

In January 2019, Peter Crouch signed for Burnley on a contract to the end of the season.

Outside of playing football, Peter Crouch has written books (Walking Tall - My Story; and How To Be A Footballer), and hosted That Peter Crouch Podcast for the BBC.

In July 2019, he announced his retirement from professional football.

In 2020, he was commissioned along with Maya Jama and Alex Horne to host Peter Crouch - Save Our Summer on BBC One.

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