Crouch faces uncertain England future
Peter Crouch could have played his last game for England
Roy Hodgson seems to have called time on Peter Crouch's England career.
When the Stoke City striker opted against joining a list of standby players ahead of Euro 2012, it looks like he was ending his England career at the same time.
"He was on a standby list but he made it clear that, unless he was in the squad, he didn't want to be considered," said Hodgson. "I'm not going to bring him in to fill up the bench. The day Crouch gets into an England squad is when I think he should be in the original 23."
Despite an impressive strike-rate of 22 goals in 42 matches, enough to make him the joint 16th highest scorer in England history, Crouch has never been a regular starter.
Fabio Capello always gave the impression of being willing to ditch Crouch if anyone better came along, whilst he has been ignored by Hodgson throughout his short time in charge.
Hodgson insists there is nothing personal behind his decision, revealing he tried to sign the giant forward when he was manager of Fulham.
The problem for Crouch is that even with Wayne Rooney and Andy Carroll missing from the squad that faces Ukraine at Wembley, he still did not make the cut.
Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge are also ahead of Crouch in the queue, as is Jermain Defoe. In addition, there is Darren Bent, not to mention Norwich's Grant Holt, who was tipped by some to go to Poland and Ukraine last summer, but never made it.
At least Bent should not give up hope just yet after also being ignored.
"Darren was injured for the best part of last season and the new one is only two or three games old," said Hodgson. "He's a player we'll be following. I've not dismissed anybody."
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Crouch, hard working talented goal scorer out
Rooney lazy, unfit, over the hill no goals - in
Really makes sense, but what do I know, just a fan
Crouch is frozen out because he plays for an unfashionable team. He's more proven at the highest level than all the other strikers currently in the squad
should be Crouch and Defoe as certain starters,Rooney and Carroll for the bench,if that!
I believe he made the correct decision in saying he was not interested in being on the 'reserve list' as he had every right to believe he should have been in the squad by right. His record speaks for itslef. He should have been chosen.
But the manager did not chose him and Peter reacted the way he did. I am not surprised. He is human and was naffed off I bet.
But time moves on and now there are other players competing for places.
So Thank You Peter for what you gave us. Best of luck with Stoke and get many goals for them with Michael. Go Stoke go.
Oh by the way I am a Gillingham fan. ( Mt Pullis is still well thought of there).
He was certainly correct to say that he was not available, to go on the standby list. That was an Insult.
His scoring ratio to games is far superior to Rooney's Fact Man U. Fans, just look it up. And when you take into account that he comes on mostly as a sub, it emphasizes the reason the 'Board' ought to stop picking the team and let the manager do his job.
Is Roy right here? Well Like Rio and others who stated 'Play me or I'm not interested' then yes. Why bother with those not willing to walk the walk and walk to Wembley to play and have the honour of playing for their country!
Besides shouldn't be having any over 26, say 28 year old top playing for England. Should be drafting in youngsters constantly now like any and every other good national side able to. Like Germany and Spain did and do! yes the likes of JT etc. should be on stand by as they undoubtedly would be good subs. Others should have already been forgotton.