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Stoke striker Crouch drawing England inspiration from Sheringham

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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