Crouch eyes goals for Stoke

Peter Crouch has stated that he is keen to add to his impressive European goal tally on Thursday night, as Stoke take on Valencia.

The England hitman has a stellar record on the continent for The Potters and previous teams, and feels that non-English teams are perhaps not used to playing against someone of his height.

“I am very pleased with my record in Europe. I really am very proud of it and long may it continue,” Crouch told Mirror Football.

“It’s been much the same when I have played for England -for whatever reason I seem to do well against foreign opposition.

“I can’t put my finger on the reason. I don’t know why I have scored so many. Maybe teams haven’t played against someone like me.

“But I have been playing for a long time in Europe now, and internationally, so you would think they might get used to it,” he admitted.

Tony Pulis’ men have excelled in their first European campaign, and Crouch is keen to keep the winning streak going against Valencia.

“It would be a huge achievement and is certainly something that would be right up there in my career without doubt.

“When you are at a club like Liverpool and in the Champions League, you come to expect it.

“But this is different. The buzz around this game is refreshing and something that has lifted the whole city.

“Everyone is talking about it. Valencia coming to Stoke – it is something that everyone is buzzing about,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight