Former teammates pay tribute as Peter Crouch announces retirement

Ex-Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has announced his retirement.

The 6' 7" forward was released by Burnley at the end of the season, who he had joined from the Potters in January.

The 38-year-old tweeted to confirm his decision, saying he had given it 'a lot of deliberation this summer' - and that football had given him 'everything'.

He said: "If you told me at 17 I’d play in World Cups, get to a champions league final, win the FA Cup and get 100 Premier League goals I would have avoided you at all costs.

"It’s been an absolute dream come true."

His wife Abbey says she is looking forward to having him at home more - joking he can be a full time 'manny' to their four children.

Since the announcement was made, fans, players and the football world have been paying tribute.

His former club Stoke City have tweeted: "Thank you for giving our Club your absolute all and thank you for giving us some incredible memories.

"Forever welcome at the bet365 Stadium. 

"Enjoy your retirement, Crouchy!"

Ex-Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham tweeted: "Congratulations on an unbelievable career mate.

"Was a pleasure to share a dressing room with you.

"All the best in your next chapter."  

Ex-Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson said: "Congratulations on an unbelievable career Crouchy, honoured to be able say I shared a dressing room with you.

"Good luck with the next chapter."

Former Stoke player and manager Chris Kamara tweeted: "Congratulations on a great career & the next one should be fun."

Ex-Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic said: "Congrats on an amazing career mate. See you soon!"

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