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Peter Crouch announces football retirement: 'It's been an absolute dream come true'

The former Liverpool, Tottenham and England striker is one of only 28 players to score over 100 Premier League goals

Peter Crouch played for nine clubs during a 21-year playing career. Reuters
Peter Crouch played for nine clubs during a 21-year playing career. Reuters

Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England striker Peter Crouch has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38.

Crouch, one of 28 players to score 100 Premier League goals or more, confirmed his retirement on Twitter, saying his career had been a "dream come true".

He said: "After a lot of deliberation this summer I have decided to retire from football! Our wonderful game has given me everything.

"I'm so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and to help me stay there for so long.

"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 @premierleague goals I would have avoided you at all costs.

"It's been an absolute dream come true."

Crouch made his English league debut in 2000 at QPR and went on to play for nine clubs, including Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke City before spending the second half of last season at Burnley.

He made his England debut against Colombia in May 2005 during his time at Southampton and went on to play 42 times for the Three Lions, scoring 22 goals.

Crouch's 2.01m frame meant he often towered above opposition defenders. He scored 108 top-flight goals in 468 appearances for seven different clubs and also holds the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history with 53.

He played at the 2006 World Cup and scored his first competitive goal for England during a 2-0 group-stage victory against Trinidad and Tobago. He was also selected for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Crouch won the FA Cup with Liverpool in 2006 in what is widely regarded as one of the most memorable finals in history. The game finished 3-3, memorable for two thunderbolt Steven Gerrard strikes, before Liverpool won the penalty shoot-out 3-1.

He collected runner-up medals in the following year's Champions League final, coming on as a substitute as Liverpool lost 2-1 to AC Milan in Athens.

Updated: July 12, 2019 02:53 PM

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