Peter Crouch believes if he and strike partner Michael Owen are scoring regularly for the Potters they should be serious contenders for an England recall. Crouch still has international ambitions of his own and hopes to link up effectively with Owen at club level to provide Hodgson with a reminder of both of their qualities.
"If Michael stays fit he will score," Crouch said in the Sun Sunday. "If he's playing regularly for Stoke and scoring in the Premier League, I don't see why he can't force his way into the England set-up.
"Stoke's profile is about to be raised just by the fact Michael is here and the gaffer has made a lot of shrewd summer signings.
"The future looks bright and, if we're scoring regularly in the Premier League for a successful team, why shouldn't we be considered again?"