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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Crouch's England future in doubt

Kevin Palmer

Roy Hodgson has revealed Stoke striker Peter Crouch turned down the chance to be placed on his standby list for Euro 2012, plunging his international future into serious question.

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Crouch, 31, was quoted in the English media on Monday stating his desire to make an international return alongside new Stoke team-mate and fellow ex-England striker Michael Owen, but it seems as if his hopes of a call-up may have been dealt a hammer blow by his decision to take an extended holiday during the summer.

"I selected Crouch as standby for the Euros, but he didn't want to come," Hodgson told reporters. "He made it clear that unless he was in the full squad he didn't want to be considered.

"As a result, we have selected squads since that time when I felt I didn't need Crouch here. I'm not going to bring him here to fill up the bench. The day Crouch gets in the England squad is when I think he should be in the original 23."

However, Hodgson was more positive when quizzed about the future of Aston Vila striker Darren Bent, whom he overlooked for the first two games of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

"Bent is a player we will be following," he added. "He was injured for much of last season and is getting back to full fitness."

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