Spurs striker relishing Pompey return

Tottenham striker Peter Crouch does not expect to be given too much of a rough ride when he makes his first return to Portsmouth on Saturday.

The England striker left a crisis-torn Fratton Park to rejoin Spurs during the summer transfer window.

But despite speaking out about his frustrations at the south coast club when they were forced to sell several key players to raise funds, Crouch does not expect to run the gauntlet of abuse when he returns on Saturday.

"I don't think I was talking out of turn with what I said about Portsmouth in the summer," he explained.

"Everyone knows the situation there wasn't great.

"When I was a Portsmouth player, I admitted the situation wasn't great and that was plain for everyone to see.

"I hope they have sorted things out with the new owner.

"I've got a great admiration for the club and it will be good if they've got stability.

"It will be a hot reception, but nothing we're not used to already. I'm looking forward to it."

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