Stoke City striker Peter Crouch is enjoying his partnership with Stephen Ireland.

Crouch, often the lone front man in his time at Stoke, is appreciating having company in the attacking third.

"I'm really enjoying playing with Stephen. He's a clever player and he gets around me," he said.

"I know he's close to me and I can give him the ball and he knows he can give it back to me too.

"We have a good understanding. I enjoy playing with him in training and hopefully that can continue."

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