He is 6ft 7in tall but Peter Crouch's height is not the only thing that makes the Liverpool and England striker different: he has a football story like no other player in the modern game. Crouch has risen from humble beginnings at non-league Dulwich Hamlet on loan to be an England striker and the first to score ten international goals in a calendar year.
His career has not been the smooth journey from teen prodigy to Premiership star enjoyed by so many of his England team-mates. Booed by England fans in October 2005, Crouch had the same supporters on their feet with a hat-trick for his country eight months later. WALKING TALL is about a footballer who has always found himself under intense scrutiny - for the way he looks as much as his ability on the pitch.
Crouch's story is also about his constant battle to win over the doubters. He talks about the managers who have backed him - as well as those who have written him off - and relives the pain of rejection at Aston Villa, contrasted with the elation of his £7 million transfer to Liverpool just one year later in the summer of 2005.
Crouch was a key figure in England's 2006 World Cup campaign and in WALKING TALL he talks about his famous robot dance as well as the goals and the disappointments of that summer in Germany. For Crouch, the journey continues under Rafael Benitez at Anfield and with Fabio Capello's England team. Funny, honest and open, WALKING TALL is the story of an unlikely hero.
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Born in 1981, Peter Crouch is a fixture in the Liverpool squad and a regular in the England team. His incredible talent on the pitch has seen him become one of English football's most famous figures.
Table of Contents
Photographic acknowledgements x
No stopping me 1
Singapore and back 6
The football academy by the A[subscript 4] 15
Rejecting Chelsea 28
A school too far 40
Toughened up at Tottenham 46
Spurs trainee - and the legend of eggyboff 55
Dulwich, Sweden and home again 71
Made at Loftus Road 82
Fratton Park - eight months and 19 goals 101
Five million quid? 116
Binned by O'Leary 130
Hucks, Harps and Delia - a Norwich revolution 141
Harry and the Saints 155
Crouch for England 168
Liverpool at last 182
Eighteen bloody games 191
The Cup in Cardiff 216
The robot 228
At Castle Greyskull 244
Ray Winstone and the end in Gelsenkirchen 256
The parrot 266
Becks comes back 293
Career record 297