The ex-England international has hung up his boots for good after a career which spanned more than two decades
Peter Crouch has retired from football, aged 38, the former England forward has confirmed.
Crouch, who played for a host of English clubs including Tottenham and Liverpool, calls time on a playing career which spans more than two decades and saw him win 42 caps for the Three Lions.
The striker, who is also well known for the ‘robot’ celebration he made popular in 2006, also spent time with Southampton, Portsmouth and Stoke before finishing with a brief spell at Burnley last season.
Announcing his decision to retire in the Daily Mail, Crouch wrote: “I have had 23 years to prepare for this moment but, now it is here, you realise nothing can prepare you at all.
“The time has come refer to myself as a ‘former footballer’; this incredible journey I have been on since I was 16 is over.”
Crouch is expected to embark on a media career to follow up the success of his BBC podcast, with Amazon Prime securing him for a weekly series which will air throughout the 2019/20 season, called Back of the Net.
Before announcing his decision, the Englishman joined talkSPORT yesterday to look back on his eventful life in football.
“I’ve been playing football for 23 years, day in, day out. But I am 38 years old now and 39 next year,” he told Drivetime.
“I feel like I’ve had a really good innings. If it’s not to be with football this year, it’s not to be.
“But I still love the game and I will be in and around it, if not playing it this year.”
He joked: “A lot depends on Gareth Bale and whether he leaves Real Madrid, as there will be a potential opening there! I’ve also texted Frank [Lampard] at Chelsea to let him know I’m available!”
Crouch began his career in the academies of QPR and Tottenham, but he made his name when he moved back to Loftus Road from Spurs to begin his professional career.
Peter Crouch on talkSPORT
A move to Aston Villa followed after a strong season with the Hoops, though it wasn’t until Southampton signed him in 2004 that his career really took off.
A 12-goal season with Saints saw Liverpool sign him, and moves to Portsmouth, Spurs and Stoke followed.
Crouch’s longest spell with one club came at the Potteries, though he is best known for his six-year spell with Liverpool, Pompey and Tottenham as nearly all his 42 England caps were won during this period.
He debuted for the Three Lions in 2005 and made his last appearance in 2010, and played at two World Cups (2006 and 2010).
Crouch netted 22 goals for England, adding to his 205 strikes at club level.