Crouch retains hope of England return despite Hodgson snub

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has still not given up on earning a recall to the England set-up, Sky Sports has reported, after the 32-year-old was once again overlooked for the friendly against Scotland on Wednesday.

Crouch has won 42 England caps, his last arriving in November 2010 in the 2-1 friendly defeat to France at Wembley under Fabio Capello. He does have a strong scoring record for his country, with 22 international goals since his debut, a 3-2 victory over Colombia in 2005, under Sven Goran Eriksson.

Roy Hodgson has so far not picked Crouch, with Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Danny Welbeck, and the uncapped Rickie Lambert preferred in the striker department, and while Crouch is aware that his chances of returning to the international fold are remote, he will continue to fight for a recall.

He said: “There have been a few squads since the new manager took over and I haven’t been involved. It doesn’t bother me too much. Obviously I have played a few times for my country and I absolutely loved it but first and foremost is to do well for your club.

That’s what I’ve got to do and if the call came then great. If not, so be it, it’s certainly doesn’t bother me too much.

Crouch struggled for goals at the Britannia Stadium last season, scoring just eight goals in 38 appearances.

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