Upon drawing Milan in their UEFA Cup group, Crouch beamed: "It's very exciting.
"Everyone expected AC Milan to be in the Champions League, so we're surprised that they're in the Uefa Cup.
"It's fantastic for the players and for the supporters as well. I don't think anyone expected to see AC Milan at Fratton Park, to be honest.
"Hopefully we can use that to our advantage. We can make it difficult for them, get the supporters behind us and hopefully that might give us an edge to cause a surprise.
"The changing rooms are a little bit smaller than most, to be honest, but Paolo Maldini can finally say that he's done it all now."