Peter Crouch eager to play for England again

Stoke City striker Peter CrouchPeter Crouch says it would be ‘fantastic’ to earn an England recall, but is determined to keep his primary focus on playing well for Stoke City.

The striker missed out on a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad and he has also been overlooked for the three games the national team have played this season. Roy Hodgson revealed earlier this month that the 31-year-old had turned down the opportunity to be on stand-by for the European Championship and he did not want to call up Crouch just to cover injuries.

Crouch has no plans to retire from international football and will make the most of any opportunity that he gets with England in the future. He told Sky Sports:

“If I get a chance to play for my country again I’ll grab it with both hands. I’m not too concerned with it, I’ll just keep on playing as well as I can for Stoke and if the call comes that would be fantastic.”

Crouch admits he was frustrated not to have made Hodgson’s initial selection for the summer tournament, although his interpretation of ‘standby’ was slightly different to the manager’s. He continued:

“Obviously I was disappointed to be left out of the squad for the Euros. I didn’t have the opportunity to go. I was a bit frustrated but of course playing for my country is the best thing I’ve ever done in my career and I will never rule that out. I will always play as well as I can here and hopefully get the call. It wasn’t a case of being a standby, I think he wanted me to play in one of the friendlies and then go home. I’ll be honest, I was disappointed not to be called up to the full squad. We had a conversation but I think that should remain between me and the manager.”