Peter James Crouch is a professional football player of English origin. He plays as a striker for the Premier League Club Stoke City. He was born on 30 January 1981 in Macclesfield, England. He has been playing the game since a very young age.
Crouch's family moved to Singapore when he was just one year old. The family stayed there for three years and moved around some more. Crouch played for the Boys Club West Middlesex Colts. He even turned down offers from Chelsea and Millwall and instead joined Queen Park Rangers. At the age of ten, he also served as a ball boy at the Stamford Bridge.
During his youth career, Crouch played for Brentford, Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur. He signed a professional contract at the senior level with Tottenham but was loaned out to Dulwich Hamlet. His first appearance at the senior level football came for the same club. He made his debut at the international level against Colombia on the team's tour to United States in 2005.
Rise to glory
The real prominence was achieved by Crouch after two years of his debut. On 28 July 2000, he was sold by Tottenham to Queens Park Rangers. He made a great impression instantly. He scored ten goals in the 2000-01 season itself. In the next season, he played for Portsmouth and that season was even better for him. He scored 17 goals in 37 matches for the team in 2001-02 season. Because of his performance, Graham Rix, the manager of the team tipped him to have a big future in the game.
At the international level also, he rose step by step. He was included in the Under-20 team and the Under-21 team. He also made appearances for the national team in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. On 1 March 2006, he scored his first goal for England against Uruguay. He was also a part of the 2006 World Cup squad for England.
Crouch joined Tottenham Hotspur on 2 July 1998 but didn't get to make even a single appearance for the team for two years. He was eventually loaned out to other clubs. This can be seen as a bad phase of his career.
He signed a professional contract with Tottenham Hotspur. Then, he got loaned out to Dulwich Hamlet in the year 2000. In the same year, he was loaned out to IFK Hassleholm. He was sold to Queens Park Rangers in the year 2000. He played for them for one year but to diminished finances of the club, he was sold to Portsmouth. In March 2002, he was bought by Aston Villa for a hefty amount of 5 million pounds. After this, he was loaned to Norwich City from September to December 2003.
In July 2004, he was sold to Southampton and scored many key goals for them. On 19 July 2005, Southampton agreed to sell Crouch to Liverpool on a four-year contract. On 7 July 2008, it was announced to the world that Crouch had verbally agreed to come back to Portsmouth. A year later, he signed a deal with Tottenham and returned to the club. He spent two years with the club and then signed a deal with Stoke City for a record fee of 10 million pounds. He still plays for them.
Crouch is one of the only 26 players to have scored 100 or more Premier League goals. He holds the record for highest number of headed goals in Premier League history.