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Why we should remember Peter Crouch fondly following his retirement

Sunday 14th July 2019

After twenty-one years and ten permanent clubs, an evergreen Peter Crouch has taken the decision to hang up his playing boots for good. 

Aged 38, the goals had started to dry up for the 6'6 striker, who ends on a mightily impressive tally of 205 goals in 735 appearances.  Burnley will go down as his final club, but it was his exploits for Portsmouth, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City that defined a glittering career.

The term 'journeyman' is often viewed as a derogatory one in football. Not for Crouchy. The gangly forward has been a useful option wherever he has been. Upon his own personal reflection, it'll probably be his time at Anfield that he'll remember most fondly. In a three-year spell, Crouch would win both the FA Cup and Community Shield while finishing as Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup runner-up. He certainly deserved to line his trophy cabinet with more pieces of silverware - but sometimes he just didn't get the rub of the green...

Although he never scored over 20+ goals in a single-season, the consistency was pretty unbelievable. Crouch scored in double figures in 13 seasons, while remaining a constant threat in the opponent's penalty area due to his disruptive, physical presence and exemplary attitude.

Crouch scored some sublime goals during his two decades within the game. The most important was a match-winning header for Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City at The Etihad back in May 2010. It would seal the Lilywhites' Champions League qualification for the 2010/11 campaign. An iconic moment in both his and Spurs' history.

The best, though? There can only be one. Unfortunately (for City anyway) they were on the receiving end once again as Crouchy pulled off an out-of-this-world scissor kick for Stoke City from outside the area. It'll go down as arguably the greatest goal in the Premier League era...

We cannot talk about Crouch without discussing his impeccable England record. In a six-year span, playing alongside some once-in-a-generation talents, the veteran forward would stand tallest (pun not intended). He'd score 22 goals in 42 appearances for his beloved Three Lions, including six in key qualification matches, while bagging one at a World Cup back in 2006; it was there the iconic robot celebration was born, which brings us nicely onto Crouch as a bloke...

In an era where our sport is filled with egotistical prima donnas, there aren't many more likeable fellas in football than Crouch. This man played with a smile as big as his heart. You can tell he realised just how privileged he was to be playing the sport he loves as a career path.

The consummate professional who wouldn't moan if sitting on the bench, nor would he kick up a fuss if things weren't going his way. He'd just turn up for work the following day, put the effort in and work even harder to make an impact. It's a refreshing outlook to have and one that shaped his career as a whole.

He's just a player that everyone would get along with. There's nothing about him that's not to like. I feel as though his retirement has gone under the radar somewhat which is pretty unfair. This is a player who deserves the utmost respect for an outstanding career and the game will miss him dearly...

His Twitter game is pretty good, too! Happy retirement Crouchy!

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Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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