Stoke City’s Peter Crouch: Michael Owen and I can still play for England
Peter Crouch says Roy Hodgson should consider partnering him with Michael Owen for England if they impress for Stoke City
Peter Crouch believes Roy Hodgson should consider partnering him with Michael Owen if Stoke City’s new double act can impress at the Britannia Stadium this season.
Owen, 32, joined the Potters on a free transfer earlier this week after being released by 19-time English champions Manchester United in May.
The former Real Madrid striker has not represented the Three Lions since 2007, but Crouch is optimistic their once formidable partnership for the national team – the pair netted 16 goals in 16 appearances together – could be rekindled if they score regularly for Stoke.
“If Michael stays fit he will score,” Crouch said in the Sun Sunday.
“If he’s playing regularly for Stoke and scoring in the Premier League, I don’t see why he can’t force his way into the England set-up.
“Stoke’s profile is about to be raised just by the fact Michael is here and the gaffer has made a lot of shrewd summer signings.
“The future looks bright and, if we’re scoring regularly in the Premier League for a successful team, why shouldn’t we be considered again?”
Crouch, who scored 10 goals in 32 league appearances for Stoke last season, admitted he is focused on helping the Potters improve their league position and not his international future.
“To be honest I’ve taken my eye off England now a little bit. I’m just concentrating on doing well for Stoke, the rest takes care of itself,” he added.
“I’m playing well and I’ve scored in my last couple of games. I play most weeks and I’m really enjoying my football again. Michael coming here is another step forward.
“I’ll just continue to enjoy it. If the England call comes, great. If not, I’ve got Stoke to concern myself with.”