QPR transfers: Peter Crouch happy at Stoke despite Hoops link
QPR transfers: Peter Crouch insists he is still very happy at Stoke City despite missing out on a move to his former club
Peter Crouch has insisted he is happy at Stoke City despite missing out on a return to Queens Park Rangers last month.
The England international was heavily linked with a move to the Hoops after falling out-of-favour at the Britannia Stadium.
However, Potters manager Tony Pulis was not prepared to allow the 32-year-old striker to reunite with Harry Redknapp at his former club.
“Everyone knows that I have got a good relationship with him [Redknapp],” Crouch told Sky Sports News.
“I think he is a fantastic manager and QPR are a club that are very close to my heart.
“That is where I grew up really and where my family are, but it didn’t materialise and I am very happy to be at Stoke.”
Crouch also added a misunderstanding with Roy Hodgson led to the England manager’s declaration that the striker was unwilling to be on the Three Lions’s standby list for Euro 2012.
“I was part of the England squad for five years and I don’t think I missed a squad,” said Crouch.
“If I wasn’t going to the Euros I didn’t think there was much point in me going to the friendly. It wasn’t a case of making myself unavailable, it was just a suggestion.
“Of course, playing for my country is the best thing I have ever done and it will remain to be so.”