Portsmouth face battle to keep Johnson, Crouch

The turmoil at Portsmouth could lead to several stars leaving Fratton Park in the summer.

The turmoil at Portsmouth could lead to several stars leaving Fratton Park in the summer.

The News of the World says Peter Crouch and Glen Johnson will be among those under scrutiny at the end of the season, following a dismal campaign. The England pair pledged their futures to the south coast club despite interest during the January transfer window.

Right-back Johnson even penned a new contract in early January before former boss Tony Adams’ dismissal. But the £9million-rated man, 24, is certain to attract fresh interest from Liverpool this summer, as the Kop club needs to increase its quota of English players.

Crouch, 28, vowed to give Portsmouth until the end of the current campaign to sort themselves out. But the former Liverpool, Southampton and Aston Villa hitman is certain to have clubs queuing up for his services at the end of the season.

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