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Hughes says Crouch important for Stoke system

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says Peter Crouch is an important part of his system.

Hughes has ruled out selling the England international.

He said: "For us, he obviously gives us a focus to our attacking play.

"I played that role for many years with your back to goal and it's a thankless task and you have to take hits for the team.

"He's an accomplished player who's played at this level for a long time and you don't do that unless you are a good player."

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