Crouch - I'll never snub England
Peter Crouch is adamant he would never retire early from the international stage, despite falling out of favour with Fabio Capello.
Last Updated: 20/10/11 9:34am
Stoke striker Peter Crouch is adamant he would never retire early from the international stage, despite falling out of favour with Fabio Capello.
Crouch has been shunned from the international set-up under the Italian coach, having last played for his country against France almost a year ago, when he scored a late goal in the 2-1 defeat.
The frontman, who has netted 22 goals in 42 caps for the Three Lions, admits his lack of involvement is frustrating.
He says his lowest ebb was missing out on both Euro 2012 qualifiers against Wales in March and the friendly against Ghana despite Capello telling him he would feature.
But despite his disappointment, Crouch insists he would never make himself unavailable for England.
"For the Wales game I wasn't on the bench and then the manager told me I was going to play 45 minutes (against Ghana) and I didn't play again," he told The Independent.
"I felt extremely frustrated. That is only natural and people started saying 'He is going to retire' but I couldn't retire from international football.
"It is an absolute privilege and an honour to be involved. That will always remain the case."
Crouch believes moving to Stoke in the summer has left him outside Capello's radar, something he feels is unfair.
"Of course I am frustrated," he added. "I see people coming in and going out. I have always been around the squad since 2005.
"It is only since I moved to Stoke that I wasn't in the squad. I know the (Stoke) fans are annoyed at the fact he (Capello) has never been to the ground.
"It is frustrating in that I feel I have done extremely well for England and I feel I have not really been given a chance by the manager.
"I will always work hard and do the best I can do and hopefully it will be enough."
Despite his recent lack of involvement, Crouch remains optimistic he can force his way back into Capello's plans by impressing for the Potters.
"I saw Jermain Defoe wasn't in the last squad either and a lot of eyebrows were raised at that," he added.
"He (Capello) has got his opinions. That is not to say you won't be back in.
"He is not concerned with the past; if you are playing well then you will be in the next one so hopefully that is the case."