Liverpool's Crouch convinced refs targeting him

Liverpool striker Peter Crouch is angry over the way referees treat him.

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The now-retired Graham Poll recently revealed his fellow officials were instructed to pay close attention to the 6ft 7in England striker at last year's World Cup.

Crouch is hoping to fill the void left by Michael Owen for next month's crucial European Championship qualifiers against Estonia and Russia and does not want his chances of making an impact unfairly inhibited.

Crouch said on BBC Radio Five Live: "Certainly, in the Champions League and in international football, I feel like I've been penalised far too much, whereas in the Premier League I haven't been penalised for things.

"I've had to adapt my game in internationals and the Champions League."

He added: "I feel the way I play is within the rules of the game.

"I'd like to find out from the governing body if I was targeted."

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