Peter Crouch will consider his England future over the summer after admitting his disappointment at being left out of the matchday squad for last Saturday’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland.
Despite being joint-16th on the list of England’s all-time top scorers, England manager Fabio Capello opted against including Crouch on the bench at Wembley in a game England drew 2-2 after being 2-0 down.
Capello’s decision to name one-cap striker Bobby Zamora among the substitutes ahead of Crouch clearly upset the Tottenham striker, who has far more experience having scored 22 goals in 42 international appearances.
Asked if he would continue to make himself available for England, he said: “Yeah, of course. I would never give up playing for my country at any stage. It’s an honour.”
He added: “I was disappointed, but I’ve got a long summer now to think about things and hopefully come back with a new attitude.”
“I feel that whenever I’ve played for England, I’ve done well, so I felt maybe I’ve been slightly unfairly treated.
“Playing for England is the pinnacle of any player’s career and I absolutely love doing it. If I get a minute on the pitch (for England) that’s great, if I get 90 that’s a lot better.”
Wayne Bridge and Paul Robinson have both retired from international football during Capello’s tenure and Ben Foster has decided to declare himself unavailable for the foreseeable future.
Crouch’s club boss at Tottenham, Harry Redknapp, would urge the former Liverpool frontman to stick it out with England. Redknapp struggles to understand why any player would choose not to play international football.
Discussing Crouch and England, Redknapp said: “It’s been great for him playing for his country.
“He’s had a great run of it, the last few years.
“So I don’t see any reason he should want to pack up.
“I’d encourage him to keep playing and keep wanting to play for England.
“And all those lads, I don’t see how they would want to give up their international careers.”