10 things about new Portsmouth signing Peter Crouch
Published 14:54 07/07/08 By By Dan Silver
Portsmouth are expected to tie up the £10m signing of Liverpool and England striker Peter Crouch this afternoon. Here's what you need to know about the man they call 'Two-metre Peter':
1) Peter James Crouch was born in Macclesfield on January 30, 1981. His most obvious feature is his staggering height: at 6'7" (or 2.01m), he's the tallest person ever to play for Liverpool or represent England.
2) His family moved frequently during his childhood, meaning Peter had spells in London and Singapore. Despite being taken to see Chelsea by his dad, Peter grew up supporting their West London rivals QPR.
3) He signed his first professional contract with Spurs in July 1998, but never got a first team run out. Instead he was loaned out to non-leaguers Dulwich Hamlet and Swedish side IFK Hassleholm.
4) In the summer of 2000, he joined boyhood team QPR for £60k. Despite notching 10 league goals in his first season there, the team were relegated to the third tier of English football and Crouch was sold - for £1.25m - to Portsmouth.
5) His first spell at Fratton Park brought 18 goals from 37 starts, and lead to a £5m move to Aston Villa in March 2002. Crouch scored on his debut - against Newcastle in the Premier League - but failed to hold down a regular first team place and was loaned out to Norwich at the start of the 2002/03 season. Despite only scoring four goals in his three-month spell at Norwich, the club gave Peter a championship medal when they won the First Division that year.
6) He signed for Southampton in July 2004 for £2m, but his 16 goals in 33 appearances couldn't prevent the Saints' relegation that season. Once again, Peter was moved on - this time to Liverpool, for an impressive £7m.
7) He failed to score in his first 19 games for Liverpool - a drought that lasted for four months and over 24 hours of playing time- before eventually netting twice against Wigan in December 2005.
8) He went on to score 40 times in 132 appearances for the Reds, and won the Community Shield and FA Cup (both in 2006). He also came on as a sub in the 2007 Champions League Final defeat to AC Milan.
9) He represented England at U-20 and U-21 level before making his senior debut against Columbia in May 2005. He's since earned 28 caps and scored 14 goals, including one in a 2006 World Cup warm-up match against Hungary that he celebrated in this now-infamous fashion:
10) He's enjoyed a tempestuous relationship with uber-WAG Abigail Clancy, although Peter is at least sanguine about his role in life. When asked by a newspaper what he would be if he wasn't a footballer, Crouchie once replied: a virgin…
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