The previous England striker Peter Crouch has introduced his retirement from soccer on the age of 38.
The 6ft 7ins ahead made his English league debut in 2000 with QPR and went on to play for 9 golf equipment, together with Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke, earlier than spending the second half of final season at Burnley.
Crouch’s first England cap got here in opposition to Colombia in Might 2005 and he performed 42 instances for the Three Lions, scoring 22 targets.
In an announcement on Twitter, Crouch mentioned: “After loads of deliberation this summer time I’ve determined to retire from soccer. Our great sport has given me every thing. I’m so grateful to everybody who helped me get there and to assist me keep there for thus lengthy.
“If you told me at 17 I’d play in World Cups, get to a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 Premier League goals I would have avoided you at all costs. It’s been an absolute dream come true.”
Crouch scored 108 top-flight targets in 468 appearances for seven totally different golf equipment and likewise holds the document for probably the most headed targets in Premier League historical past. He performed on the 2006 World Cup and scored his first aggressive objective for England throughout a 2-Zero group-stage victory in opposition to Trinidad and Tobago. He was additionally chosen for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Former England striker Alan Shearer wrote on Twitter: “Congrats big man, a brilliant career and good luck going forward.” Present England gamers Harry Maguire and Jack Butland, a team-mate of Crouch’s throughout his time at Stoke, additionally paid tribute to the striker. Maguire wrote: “Incredible career. Enjoy retirement.” Butland added: “Been an honour to play and share a dressing room with you big man petercrouch best of luck in the next stage of your career.”
Crouch launched a e book – “How to be a Footballer” – final yr, and has additionally labored within the media.
Crouch, who received the FA Cup with Liverpool and helped them attain the 2007 Champions League closing, added he was trying ahead to spending extra time together with his household, having just lately had a fourth little one with spouse Abbey Clancy.