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Crouch won't turn back on England

June 7, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Snubbed England striker Peter Crouch insists he is not about to turn his back on his country and intends to carry on playing international football.

Peter Crouch and James Milner England
GettyImagesPeter Crouch (r) has scored 22 goals in 42 games for England

Crouch was unhappy at being overlooked by England boss Fabio Capello in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Switzerland and it was reported he might call time on his career with the Three Lions.

Despite an impressive record of 22 goals in 42 games, and with Wayne Rooney suspended, Crouch did not even make the bench at Wembley, with Capello favouring Fulham's Bobby Zamora over the Tottenham striker.

Crouch, 30, admits he was disappointed to be left out but said at no point will he turn his back on his country.

"Do I want to carry on playing for England? Yeah, of course. I would never give up playing for my country at any stage. It's an honour,'' Crouch said.

Crouch's club boss at Tottenham, Harry Redknapp, has urged the player to stick it out with England.

Discussing Crouch and England, Redknapp told Sky Sports News: ''It's been great for him playing for his country. He's had a great run of it, the last few years. So I don't see any reason he should want to pack up. I'd encourage him to keep playing and keep wanting to play for England.

''And all those lads, I don't see how they would want to give up their international careers. It's such an honour to play for your country, you'd think they'd want to play forever. But if he asked my advice I would certainly tell him to keep playing, and if he's picked, play.''