Stoke striker Crouch drawing England inspiration from Sheringham

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch is drawing inspiration from Teddy Sheringham after his latest England omission.

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch is drawing inspiration from Teddy Sheringham after his latest England omission.

The 31-year-old still believes he can have an England future — by following in Sheringham’s footsteps.

Crouch said: “Teddy is someone I can definitely take inspiration from.

“He was 36 when he played at the 2002 World Cup finals. Why shouldn’t I be capable of playing in Brazil when I’m 33?

“Who can forget his performance against Holland at Euro 96 when we won 4-1? He was 30 then.

“I’m 31 so I don’t accept it’s over for me with England. Touch wood, I’ve been so lucky with injuries over my career, so I haven’t taken too much out of my body.

“It’s also fair to say I’ve never been blessed with blistering pace, so I cannot lose that. I’ve always relied on my other attributes and I don’t think those are going to leave me for a long time.

“My strengths won’t decline with age — unless I start shrinking! I think I’ll get better with age.”

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