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Stoke striker Crouch draws Beckham inspiration over England recall

Stoke City signing Peter Crouch has no plans for international retirement.

Crouch said he took ­inspiration from Manchester United legend David Beckham, now of LA Galaxy, who was famously dropped by Steve McClaren but returned to out-last him at international level.

"David Beckham has played to the age of 36 and he looks as fit as a fiddle," he said.

"I'm sure I'll be the same. I've never been the quickest anyway so I'm not going to lose any pace. I'm sure I can go on for a few more years yet."

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