Peter Crouch

Peter James Crouch (born 30 January 1981) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. He was capped 42 times by the England national team between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22 goals for his country during that time, and appearing at two FIFA World Cup tournaments.[2] He is one of 29 players to have scored 100 or more Premier League goals, and holds the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history.[3]

Peter Crouch
Crouch playing for Stoke City in 2014
Personal information
Full name Peter James Crouch[1]
Date of birth (1981-01-30) 30 January 1981[1]
Place of birth Macclesfield, England
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)[1]
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1991–1993 Brentford
1994–1995 Queens Park Rangers
1995–1998 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2000 → Dulwich Hamlet (loan) 6 (1)
2000 → IFK Hässleholm (loan) 8 (3)
2000–2001 Queens Park Rangers 42 (10)
2001–2002 Portsmouth 37 (18)
2002–2004 Aston Villa 37 (6)
2003Norwich City (loan) 15 (4)
2004–2005 Southampton 27 (12)
2005–2008 Liverpool 85 (22)
2008–2009 Portsmouth 38 (11)
2009–2011 Tottenham Hotspur 73 (12)
2011–2019 Stoke City 225 (46)
2019 Burnley 6 (0)
Total 599 (145)
National team
2002–2003 England U21 6 (1)
2006 England B 1 (0)
2005–2010 England 42 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Crouch began his career as a trainee with Tottenham Hotspur. He failed to make an appearance for Spurs and after loan spells at Dulwich Hamlet and Swedish club IFK Hässleholm he joined Queens Park Rangers. After QPR were relegated at the end of the 2000–01 season, Portsmouth acquired him in a transfer deal worth £1.5 million. He had a strong first season at Fratton Park, and after scoring 19 goals for the club, he joined Aston Villa in March 2002 for £5 million. He had a relatively poor spell at Villa, however, and was loaned out to Norwich City in 2003 before making a move to Southampton, where he regained his form, which would ultimately prompt his joining Liverpool in July 2005. At Liverpool he enjoyed considerable success, winning the FA Cup and FA Community Shield in 2006, and also gaining a runners-up medal in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final.

After scoring 42 goals in three seasons at Anfield, Portsmouth re-acquired Crouch for £11 million, where he forged an effective partnership with fellow England international Jermain Defoe. He spent just one season in his second spell at Portsmouth and left for Tottenham Hotspur, where he again linked up with Defoe and Harry Redknapp. He scored a vital goal for Tottenham against Manchester City which earned the club a place in the UEFA Champions League. He scored seven goals in ten European matches for Spurs in 2010–11, but was unable to replicate this form in the Premier League. He joined Stoke City in August 2011, for a club record fee of £10 million. In his first season with Stoke, he scored 14 goals and won the club's Player of the Year award. He scored eight in 2012–13 and ten in both the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons. Crouch spent seven-and-a-half years with Stoke, scoring 62 goals before joining Burnley in January 2019. He retired in July 2019 after the end of his contract.

Early life

Crouch was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire,[1] but his family moved to Singapore when he was one year old.[4] The move came about when his father Bruce, originally from Fulham, took up a job offer to work at a Singaporean advertising agency.[5] The Crouch family spent three years living in Southeast Asia, and moved back to England after Bruce rejected the chance to work in Australia.[5] They then spent time living at a YMCA in Tottenham before settling in Harrow on the Hill. Crouch attended Roxeth Primary and North Ealing Primary and began to play football with Northolt Hotspurs. He was then invited to join the Brentford Centre of Excellence in 1991 and he also played for the boys club West Middlesex Colts whilst attending Drayton Manor High School.[5] Crouch turned down contract offers from Chelsea and Millwall and instead joined Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 1994.[5] He did not stay at QPR for long, however, for in November 1994, the coaching staff at Loftus Road moved to Tottenham Hotspur, including its youth team manager Des Bulpin, who offered Crouch a contract at Spurs.[5]

Crouch's family were Chelsea supporters, and he became a ball boy at Stamford Bridge at the age of ten.[6] As a child, he attended some Chelsea matches.[7] Later, he told the Liverpool official website that despite this, he and his friends at the time were fans of QPR.[8]

Club career

Tottenham Hotspur

Crouch signed a professional contract with Tottenham Hotspur on 2 July 1998, after having played for their youth team.[9] However, he did not make any appearances for their first team and was loaned out to other clubs, having brief spells at Dulwich Hamlet in the Isthmian League Premier Division and, in the summer of 2000, IFK Hässleholm in Sweden, where he played in the country's third tier.[10] His move to Sweden came about when IFK Hässleholm sold Jon Jönsson to Tottenham for £70,000 and also agreed two loan deals for the Swedish club, that of Crouch and Alton Thelwell.[11]

QPR and Portsmouth

On 28 July 2000, Tottenham sold Crouch to First Division club Queens Park Rangers for £60,000.[9][12] He made an immediate impression with QPR, scoring ten league goals in the 2000–01 season, but it was not enough to prevent the team's relegation to the Second Division.[13]

Relegation meant that QPR had to sell many of their best players to support their diminished finances, and Portsmouth bought Crouch for £1.5 million.[14] Crouch scored 18 league goals in 37 starts for Portsmouth during the 2001–02 season and was tipped by manager Graham Rix to have a big future in the game.[15]

Aston Villa

In March 2002, Premier League club Aston Villa made a successful £5 million bid for Crouch.[16] He scored on his home debut for Villa, the equalising goal against Newcastle United, and went on to score twice in seven appearances.[17] Crouch, however, failed to hold down a regular place in the Aston Villa team in the following 2002–03 season making 18 appearances without scoring.[18] Looking for first team football, he was loaned to Norwich City from September to December 2003.[19] Crouch played 15 times for the Canaries in 2003–04, scoring four goals helping the team gain promotion.[20] Crouch was sent off for retaliation during Norwich's 3–1 win at Walsall, but nonetheless his spell at Norwich renewed interest in his abilities from other clubs.[21]

At the end of the three-month loan, he returned to Aston Villa, and scored a brace against Leicester City, a late winner at Middlesbrough and the opener at Bolton Wanderers.[20] Villa sold Crouch in July 2004 to Southampton for a fee of £2.5 million.[22]


Despite initially being back-up to first choice strikers James Beattie and Kevin Phillips, Crouch became the main attacking focus of the Southampton team upon the arrival of Harry Redknapp and the sale of Beattie.[23] He scored many key goals in Southampton's relegation battle, including memorable goals against Liverpool in a 2–0 home win, Arsenal in a 1–1 home draw and two away to Middlesbrough in a 3–1 victory.[24] He also scored a late winning penalty to knock former club and Saints' arch-rival Portsmouth out of the FA Cup.[25] His form for the Saints eventually resulted in him receiving his first England call-up.[26] After scoring 16 goals in 33 appearances during the 2004–05 season, his future was cast into doubt when Southampton were relegated from the Premier League.[27] On 19 July 2005, Southampton agreed to sell Crouch for £7 million to Liverpool on a four-year contract.[28]


Crouch with Liverpool in 2006

Crouch underwent intense media scrutiny because of a goal drought during his first months at Liverpool. For 19 matches—the span of four months—he was unable to score. Crouch was praised for other facets of his game, such as his touch on the ball, but his first goal for the club evaded him. The fact that Crouch possessed "good touch for a big man" became something of a media cliché during this time.[29] Early in his Liverpool career, the supporters composed a new chant: "He's big, he's red, his feet stick out the bed, Peter Crouch, Peter Crouch."[30]

The drought finally ended on 3 December 2005 when he scored against Wigan Athletic. Although this first goal was originally given as an own goal, it was later awarded to Crouch on appeal; he went on to score a second goal in the same match.[31] Before these goals, Crouch had played over 24 hours of football for Liverpool without scoring. In addition to this, he also had to deal with unpleasant taunts from crowds at matches, as he had throughout his footballing career, who often chanted "freak" at him due to his unusual height.[32] He went on to score several goals that season, including the only goal in the fifth round of the FA Cup against Manchester United, Liverpool's first victory over them in the FA Cup post-Second World War.[33] On 13 May, he helped Liverpool to win the 2006 FA Cup Final against West Ham United, providing an assist for Steven Gerrard to score the second Liverpool goal.[34]

Crouch warming up for Liverpool in 2007

Three months later, in the curtain-raiser to the 2006–07 season, he headed the winning goal for Liverpool in the club's 2–1 victory over Chelsea in the FA Community Shield.[35] In their 2006–07 UEFA Champions League campaign, he scored his first goals in European club competition against Maccabi Haifa.[36] Crouch sustained a broken nose when playing against Sheffield United in February 2007.[37] Although he played in some subsequent matches, on 9 March 2007, it was announced that he would undergo surgery on the injury that would keep him out of football for a month.[38] On 31 March, he returned to action after the operation and scored the first hat-trick of his club career, coming against Arsenal in a 4–1 victory.[39] This was also a so-called "perfect hat-trick," consisting of goals scored from his right foot, left foot and head.[40] He later participated in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final, coming on as a substitute for Javier Mascherano as Liverpool were defeated by Milan in Athens.[41] He ended the 2006–07 season as Liverpool's top goalscorer in all competitions, with eighteen goals.[42]

At the start of the 2007–08 season, he had restricted opportunities to play for Liverpool due to the arrival of other strikers, including Fernando Torres, but nonetheless scored against Toulouse in a Champions League qualifying win in August, his eighth goal in his past ten appearances in that competition,[43] and then also scoring the first and last goals of an 8–0 win over Beşiktaş in the first round of the Champions League in November.[44] On 19 December, Crouch was sent off in the quarter-finals of the League Cup, receiving a straight red card for a foul on Chelsea's John Obi Mikel as Liverpool exited the tournament.[45] In April, he scored a vital goal in a 1–1 draw against Arsenal, helping Liverpool secure fourth spot ahead of local rivals Everton.[46]

Return to Portsmouth

Crouch playing for Portsmouth in 2008

On 7 July 2008, it was announced that Crouch had verbally agreed to join former club and FA Cup holders Portsmouth in a deal worth up to £11 million. Crouch passed his medical the following day,[47] and, on 11 July, Crouch's transfer was officially unveiled at a Portsmouth news conference.[48] Crouch scored his first goal on his return to Portsmouth in a 3–0 win against Everton at Goodison Park on 30 August 2008.[49][50] Crouch then went on to net his first goal at Portsmouth's Fratton Park home ground in the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur on 28 September.[51] On 2 October 2008, Crouch scored twice in extra time in a UEFA Cup match away to Portuguese team Vitória de Guimarães to help Portsmouth reach the group stages of the competition.[52] He went on to score twice against Heerenveen in a 3–0 victory at Fratton Park, however Portsmouth failed to make it out of the group stages.[53] Crouch played 46 times for Pompey in 2008–09, scoring 16 goals as the side finished in 14th position.[54]

Return to Tottenham Hotspur

Crouch playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2011

On 27 July 2009, Tottenham Hotspur signed Crouch from Portsmouth for a fee of £10 million, on a five-year contract.[55] Crouch made his debut for Spurs in a pre-season friendly against Olympiacos,[56] and came on as a substitute in Tottenham's season opening win over Liverpool, making his full Premier League debut for the club in the process.[57] He scored his first goal for Tottenham in the League Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers in a 5–1 win on 26 August 2009.[58] He scored again in his next match, opening his league account with Spurs with a goal in a 2–1 home win against Birmingham City.[59] On 23 September, Crouch scored his first hat-trick for Spurs in a 5–1 win over Preston North End in the League Cup.[60][61] In May, his late goal against Manchester City in what was being dubbed as the "£15 million game" put Spurs in a position to claim their first-ever Champions League berth. After having hit the post and missed a Benoît Assou-Ekotto cross, Crouch scored a header after goalkeeper Márton Fülöp could only parry the ball into his path.[62]

On 25 August 2010, Crouch scored a hat-trick at White Hart Lane against Young Boys to help Tottenham to reach the group stage of the 2010–11 Champions League.[63] On 15 February 2011, Crouch scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the Champions League second round, first leg match against Milan at the San Siro, sweeping home Aaron Lennon's cut-back after a counter-attack.[64] Three weeks later, Spurs progressed to the quarter-finals after the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane ended 0–0.[65] On 5 April, he was sent off in the 14th minute after receiving two yellow cards in the quarter-finals against Real Madrid.[66] He scored an own goal against Manchester City, which consequently confirmed City into the Champions League for the 2011–12 season with Tottenham finishing fifth.[67]

Stoke City

Crouch warming up for Stoke City in 2012

On 31 August 2011, Stoke City signed Crouch from Tottenham for a then club record fee of £10 million, that would rise to £12 million, on a four-year contract.[68][69] Speaking after sealing his move to the Britannia Stadium, Crouch revealed that his former Tottenham teammate Jonathan Woodgate was a major influence upon his decision to join Stoke.[70] Crouch made his debut for Stoke City in a 1–0 win against former club Liverpool on 10 September 2011.[71] He scored his first goal for the Potters in a 1–1 draw against Manchester United, making Stoke the sixth Premier League club he has scored for.[72] He scored his second goal in the following match against Beşiktaş in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League campaign.[73] Crouch went on to score against Arsenal, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers before missing out on the Christmas period matches after suffering from a virus.[74]

On 2 January 2012, against Blackburn, Crouch scored both goals in a 2–1 victory.[75] It was a landmark achievement for Crouch as he surpassed 100 league goals.[76] On 24 March 2012, Crouch scored a stunning long-distance volley against Manchester City in a 1–1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.[77] After the match, Crouch stated that it was the best goal of his career.[78] He scored the winning goal for Stoke against their Midlands rivals Wolves on 7 April to take his goal tally to 13 and was backed by manager Tony Pulis to earn a recall to the England squad for UEFA Euro 2012.[79] At the end of season awards dinner, Crouch won the club's Player of the Year and Goal of the Season awards.[80]

Crouch began the 2012–13 season well, scoring five goals in seven matches, against Swindon Town, Wigan Athletic, Manchester City and a brace against Swansea City.[81][82] He lost several teeth after being accidentally kicked in the mouth by Fabricio Coloccini in a match against Newcastle United on 28 November 2012 and as a result had to undergo corrective surgery.[83] He then went three months without a goal before scoring against Wigan on 29 January 2013.[84] Crouch again went through a three-month barren spell in front of goal before scoring against former club Queens Park Rangers on 20 April 2013 in a 2–0 victory.[85] He scored on the final day of the season against Southampton as he ended the 2012–13 season with eight goals, with Stoke finishing 13th in the league.[86]

Mark Hughes replaced Tony Pulis as manager in May 2013 and despite starting the first two matches of the 2013–14 season, Hughes dropped Crouch to the bench.[87][88] He returned to the starting line up on 26 October 2013 and scored in a 3–2 defeat against Manchester United.[89] Crouch retained his place in the team for the remainder of the 2013–14 season, where he finished as top scorer with ten goals in 38 appearances as Stoke finished in ninth place.[90]

Crouch scored his first goals of 2014–15 in September 2014 against QPR and Newcastle.[91][92] In October 2014, Crouch stated that he would like to remain at the Britannia Stadium with Stoke for the remainder of his career.[93] On 29 October 2014, Crouch came on as a substitute in Stoke's League Cup defeat to Southampton; 15 minutes later, he was sent off for two yellow cards in the space of two minutes.[94] On 6 December, he scored after 19 seconds against Arsenal in an eventual 3–2 victory.[95] A week later, in his 600th match in English football, Crouch scored the equaliser in a 1–1 draw at Crystal Palace.[96] Crouch signed a two-year contract extension in January 2015.[97]

On 28 February 2015, Crouch scored the winning goal in Stoke's 1–0 win over Hull City, equaling Alan Shearer's record of 46 headed goals in the Premier League.[98] He surpassed this on 24 May with a header five minutes after coming on as a substitute to conclude a 6–1 home win over Liverpool in Stoke's final match of the season.[99] In total, Crouch matched the previous season's goal tally of ten goals in 38 appearances as Stoke finished in ninth position for the second consecutive season.[100] Following the end of the season, Crouch underwent groin surgery.[101] Crouch struggled for game time in 2015–16 making 18 appearances of which nine were as a substitute.[102] He scored just twice, which came against lower league Fulham and Doncaster Rovers in cup competitions.[103]

Crouch scored a hat-trick away to Stevenage in the EFL Cup, on 23 August 2016 in a 4–0 win.[104] On 9 January 2017, Crouch signed a new contract with Stoke in a deal lasting until the summer of 2018.[105][106] Crouch scored four goals in five games at the turn of the year including his 100th Premier League goal, the oldest player to hit the landmark.[107][108] Crouch made 29 appearances in 2016–17, scoring ten goals, as Stoke finished in 13th position.[109] After the season ended Crouch stated that he wants to continue playing until he is 40.[110]

Crouch set a record for the most appearances as substitute in the Premier League, on 20 November 2017 when he came off the bench for the 143rd time against Brighton & Hove Albion, breaking the record held by Shola Ameobi.[111][112] He also became Stoke City's leading Premier League goalscorer of all time during the same season, reaching 45 goals and overtaking the 43 scored by Jonathan Walters.[113] Crouch signed another one-year contract extension with the Potters in November 2017.[114] Crouch played 34 times in 2017–18, scoring six goals as Stoke were relegated to the Championship.[115]


Crouch signed for Premier League club Burnley on 31 January 2019 on a contract until the end of the 2018–19 season in a player-exchange deal with Sam Vokes.[116] Crouch made his debut for Burnley on 2 February, coming on as a 76th minute substitute in a 1–1 draw against Southampton; he made an immediate impact, as he was instrumental in Burnley being awarded their first penalty for a season-and-a-half.[117] He was released at the end of the season[118] and announced his retirement from professional football on 12 July 2019 at the age of 38.[119]

International career

Youth international

Crouch was capped for the England under-20 team at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship, with teammates including Stuart Taylor, Ashley Cole, Andrew Johnson and Matthew Etherington. However, the team finished bottom at the group stage, with three losses and having scored no goals.[120] He was later a part of David Platt's England under-21 team, which went to the finals of the European Under-21 Championship in Switzerland in May 2002, where he scored once against Switzerland.[121][122]

Breakthrough into senior team

In May 2005 he was handed his first call-up to the England senior squad by manager Sven-Göran Eriksson for the team's tour of the United States, making his debut against Colombia.[123] He went on to make two appearances during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign for England: starting against Austria in a 1–0 victory and coming on as a substitute against Poland in a 2–1 win. In the latter appearance, Crouch's introduction as a second-half substitute was booed by England's own supporters.[124] On 1 March 2006, he scored his first goal for England, with the equaliser in a 2–1 friendly win over Uruguay.[125] He did this whilst bizarrely wearing two different squad numbers on his shirt – No. 21 on the front (his designated squad number for the match), and the incorrect No. 12 on the back.[126]

In May 2006, Crouch was included in the 23-man England squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and was expected to be a significant figure in the team due to Wayne Rooney's foot injury.[127] On 30 May, he played in a pre-World Cup friendly against Hungary, scoring the third goal in England's 3–1 win.[128] He followed his goal with his iconic robotic dancing goal celebration.[129] On 3 June, he scored a hat-trick in a 6–0 pre-World Cup friendly victory against Jamaica where he again performed his robotic celebration.[130]

2006 World Cup

Crouch (wearing No.21) lining up for England against Paraguay at the 2006 FIFA World Cup

After his displays in England's friendlies, Crouch partnered with Michael Owen in attack for England's opening 2006 World Cup match against Paraguay on 10 June 2006. England won the match 1–0 and Crouch kept his place in the starting line-up for the following match against Trinidad and Tobago, against whom he scored his first competitive international goal. The goal provoked some controversy as replays showed Crouch to be pulling on Brent Sancho's long hair, holding the defender down, to gain an advantage.[131]

Crouch was rested for England's third group match against Sweden as Rooney returned from injury to join the starting line-up. However, Owen suffered a serious knee injury in the opening minute of the match and Crouch replaced him, playing the remainder of the match.[132] In England's 1–0 second round victory against Ecuador, Crouch remained an unused substitute as Eriksson switched the team to a new formation with Wayne Rooney as a lone striker.[133] After Rooney's dismissal for a foul in England's quarter-final against Portugal, Crouch came on as a substitute for Joe Cole, as England went on to get knocked out on penalties.[134] On 5 September 2007, retired English referee Graham Poll claimed that FIFA had specifically warned referees at the event to pay close attention to Crouch, claiming that "he's a real pain and he's getting away with too much."[135]

Euro 2008 qualifying

Crouch remained a part of the England set-up under Eriksson's successor as manager, Steve McClaren, and started McClaren's first match in charge, a friendly against Greece in August 2006. He scored twice in England's 4–0 victory. Two further goals followed in England's next match, a 5–0 win over Andorra in their opening qualifying match for UEFA Euro 2008 on 2 September 2006. Contemporary reports suggested that Crouch was the first player ever to reach ten goals for England within a single calendar year.[136] In fact, this had happened several times pre-Second World War, most recently by Dixie Dean (12 goals in 1927) and George Camsell (11 goals in 1929).[137] An operation needed for a nose injury he sustained playing for Liverpool prevented him from playing in England's two qualifying matches in March 2007.[138] He returned to the England squad for their matches against Brazil and Estonia in late May and early June 2007, scoring in the qualifying match against the latter.[139] Crouch was England's top scorer in the qualifying campaign with five goals, but this did not prevent England finishing only third in their group and failing to progress to the finals of the competition.[140]

Capello era

Crouch (wearing No.20) playing for England versus Spain, 2009

On 1 April 2009, Crouch made his first start under McClaren's successor, Fabio Capello, in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. He scored England's first goal in their 2–1 victory.[141] Crouch was re-called to the England squad for the friendly against Slovenia and the World Cup qualifier versus Croatia, following his fine form for Tottenham.[142] Crouch also got an early first half goal against Belarus in the final 2010 World Cup qualifier, which he then followed up with a second goal in the 76th minute.[143] This took Crouch's tally for England up to 18 goals in just 17 starts.[144] Crouch scored a brace after coming on as a substitute against Egypt in a friendly on 3 March 2010 to take his overall international goal tally to 20.[145] He also scored the second goal for England against Mexico at Wembley Stadium on 24 May 2010.[146]

2010 World Cup

Crouch was named in Capello's final 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup and was given the number 9 shirt.[147] He came on as a substitute for Emile Heskey in England's opening match against the United States and also came off the bench for Gareth Barry in the following match against Algeria.[148][149] Crouch did not take part in the final group stage match with Slovenia or the 4–1 loss to Germany in the last-16.[150][151]

Post-2010 World Cup

Crouch came on as a substitute in the home friendly against France for the injured Steven Gerrard on 17 November 2010. He scored quickly from an Ashley Young corner to make the score 1–2 with an angled side-footed volley. It was his second touch of the ball.[152] After not making an appearance for England for almost a year, Crouch stated in October 2011 that he "does not carry much hope" of receiving a call-up.[153]

During a run of good form in September 2017, Crouch said in a television interview that he was not officially retired from international football.[154]

Player profile

Style of play

A tall forward, with a slender physique, Crouch was known for possessing a good first touch, despite his stature,[155][156] as well as an eye for goal;[157][158] however, he was also known for his lack of significant pace, strength, power, and athleticism, while his movement occasionally came under criticism in the media.[159][160][161] He usually played as a target man in a centre-forward role throughout his career,[162][163] or as a striker,[164] due to his ability to hold up the ball with his back to goal and link-up with his teammates.[165] Although he was criticised in his youth for his limited ability in the air, despite his height, and for his inability to out–jump other players, he holds the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history.[155][166] He was also known for his longevity,[110] and had a penchant for scoring acrobatic goals from bicycle kicks.[167] Crouch has attributed his success as a footballer to his own hard work and determination.[168][169]


Although generally known as "Crouchy," other nicknames he has been given by fans and the media in England have included "RoboCrouch"[170] and "Crouchinho" (an ironic use of the "-inho" suffix, meaning "little" in Portuguese and used by many Brazilian footballers).[171] He has been also referred to as "Mr. Roboto" by Univision's commentators and as "Pantera Rosa" ("Pink Panther") by Fox Sports en Español commentators.[172]

Robotic dancing

In the summer of 2006, Crouch adopted a robotic dancing goal celebration.[173] A parody of a dance he had been seen performing on a television programme covering a party held at England teammate David Beckham's house, he first performed it after his goal for England against Hungary on 30 May. He again performed the dance after both of his first two goals against Jamaica on 3 June. The Daily Mirror newspaper wrote that the dance was inspired by the lyrics to the Arctic Monkeys' hit single "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor".[174]

On 12 June, Crouch announced he would perform his robotic dance again only if England were to win the World Cup, saying, "It's not about robotic dancing. It is about scoring goals and winning matches. It's an important time for everyone now."[175] In September 2006, he was quoted in The Observer newspaper as saying that, "It was funny at the time, but I didn't want to carry on doing it until it became unfunny. I've stopped doing it for the time being, but if I ever score a really big goal you never know."[176]

On 6 August 2007, Crouch said he would never use the robot dance again unless he scored in the UEFA Champions League Final, but he partially reprised it on 1 April 2009 after scoring during England's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine after a Comic Relief sketch.[173]

On 1 February 2017, Crouch gave the dance a final outing to celebrate his 100th Premier League goal.[177]

After football

After retiring from football at the age of 38 Crouch has worked with the BBC hosting a Podcast,[178] and a Saturday night BBC One TV show titled Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer.[179]

Personal life

Crouch and model Abbey Clancy married on 30 June 2011.[180] Together they have two daughters and two sons, Sophia Ruby (born March 2011), Liberty Rose (born June 2015), Johnny (born January 2018)[181][182] and Jack (born June 2019).[183]

In August 2012, Crouch was found guilty of speeding in November 2011 and ordered to pay a fine of £1,000.[184] On 16 October 2012, Crouch was disqualified from driving for six months.[185]

Crouch released his autobiography in 2007, titled Walking Tall – My Story.[5] His second book, How to be a Footballer, was released in 2018.[186] In autumn 2018, the first series of That Peter Crouch Podcast aired, featuring Crouch along with Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark.[187][188]

Crouch has a GNVQ in Leisure and Tourism, which he obtained as part of a mandatory educational programme while at Tottenham Hotspur.[189]

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Tottenham Hotspur 1999–2000[190] Premier League 0000000000
Dulwich Hamlet (loan) 1999–2000[191] Isthmian League Premier Division 6161
IFK Hässleholm (loan) 2000[191] Swedish Division 2 8383
Queens Park Rangers 2000–01[192] First Division 421032204712
Portsmouth 2001–02[193] First Division 371810113919
Aston Villa 2001–02[193] Premier League 7272
2002–03[18] Premier League 14000004[lower-alpha 1]0180
2003–04[20] Premier League 1640020184
Total 376002040436
Norwich City (loan) 2003–04[20] First Division 154154
Southampton 2004–05[194] Premier League 271254103316
Liverpool 2005–06[195] Premier League 32863108[lower-alpha 2]02[lower-alpha 3]24913
2006–07[196] Premier League 329101114[lower-alpha 2]71[lower-alpha 4]14918
2007–08[197] Premier League 21542308[lower-alpha 2]43611
Total 85221155130113313442
Portsmouth 2008–09[54] Premier League 381131106[lower-alpha 5]41[lower-alpha 4]04916
Tottenham Hotspur 2009–10[61] Premier League 38861344713
2010–11[198] Premier League 344100010[lower-alpha 2]74511
2011–12[199] Premier League 100010
Total 73127134107009324
Stoke City 2011–12[199] Premier League 321032203[lower-alpha 6]24014
2012–13[86] Premier League 3473011388
2013–14[90] Premier League 34810323810
2014–15[100] Premier League 33821313810
2015–16[103] Premier League 1102151182
2016–17[109] Premier League 27710132910
2017–18[115] Premier League 3151021346
2018–19[200] Championship 2312110262
Total 225461551893226162
Stoke City U23 2016–17[109] 1[lower-alpha 7]010
Burnley 2018–19[200] Premier League 6060
Career total 59914545183315532453735205
  1. Appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup
  2. Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. Appearances in FIFA Club World Championship
  4. Appearance in FA Community Shield
  5. Appearances in UEFA Cup
  6. Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  7. Appearance in EFL Trophy


Crouch training with England in 2007
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
England 200540

International goals

England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Crouch goal.[191]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 1 March 2006Anfield, Liverpool, England5 Uruguay1–12–1Friendly[201]
2 30 May 2006Old Trafford, Manchester, England6 Hungary3–13–1Friendly[202]
3 3 June 2006Old Trafford, Manchester, England7 Jamaica3–06–0Friendly[203]
4 5–0
5 6–0
6 15 June 2006Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany9 Trinidad and Tobago1–02–02006 FIFA World Cup[204]
7 16 August 2006Old Trafford, Manchester, England12 Greece3–04–0Friendly[205]
8 4–0
9 2 September 2006Old Trafford, Manchester, England13 Andorra1–05–0UEFA Euro 2008 qualification[206]
10 5–0
11 6 September 2006Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia14 Macedonia1–01–0UEFA Euro 2008 qualification[207]
12 6 June 2007A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia19 Estonia2–03–0UEFA Euro 2008 qualification[139]
13 16 November 2007Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria23 Austria1–01–0Friendly[208]
14 21 November 2007Wembley Stadium, London, England24 Croatia2–22–3UEFA Euro 2008 qualification[140]
15 1 April 2009Wembley Stadium, London, England33 Ukraine1–02–12010 FIFA World Cup qualification[141]
16 10 June 2009Wembley Stadium, London, England34 Andorra6–06–02010 FIFA World Cup qualification[209]
17 14 October 2009Wembley Stadium, London, England35 Belarus1–03–02010 FIFA World Cup qualification[143]
18 3–0
19 3 March 2010Wembley Stadium, London, England37 Egypt1–13–1Friendly[210]
20 3–1
21 24 May 2010Wembley Stadium, London, England38 Mexico2–03–1Friendly[211]
22 17 November 2010Wembley Stadium, London, England42 France1–21–2Friendly[152]


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