Crouch aiming for England recall after sinking City with stunning strike
16:15 GMT, 25 March 2012
Stoke star Peter Crouch has not given up hope of winning an England recall for Euro 2012.
The former Liverpool and Tottenham striker reminded the country of his talents with a sensational goal in Stoke's 1-1 draw with title-chasing Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.
The 31-year-old has not played for England since scoring against France in November 2010 after falling out of favour with former manager Fabio Capello.
Ecstatic: Peter Crouch celebrates after lashing in his long-range volley against Man City
But Capello's departure ahead of this summer's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine has changed the picture and Crouch remains eager to force his way into contention.
Crouch told BBC Sport: 'I knew right from the start when I signed for Stoke that, if I was playing well and scoring goals, I would have a chance of being involved in the England set-up.
'There is huge competition in the summer. I have been fortunate enough to play in two World Cups and 42 times for my country.
'I know if I am working hard and playing well I will get a chance and hopefully I will grab it with both hands.'
Crouch stunned City with an extraordinary volley just before the hour at the Britannia Stadium.
It may have come via route one as Crouch headed on a long clearance from Asmir Begovic, but there was nothing crude about his finish.
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Crouch took a return header from Jermaine Pennant by flicking up the ball and he then twisted to fire over Joe Hart from 25 yards.
He said: 'I do it every day in training, practise volleying. It is something I have always enjoyed doing since I was a kid.
'When the ball dropped I tried to pop it up and tried the volley technique.
'I do do it a lot in practice – it is not something that just happens – but they don't always fly in like that.
'I think that was probably the best one to be honest.'
Crouch's strike had little in common with much of the robust football before it and left the visitors anxiously chasing a result to keep up the pressure on Manchester United at the top.
They eventually claimed a point after Yaya Toure struck a fine goal of his own 14 minutes from time, albeit with the aid of a slight deflection off Ryan Shawcross.
Crouch said: 'Any team will tell you that at the Britannia this season we are a match for anyone.
'We have taken points off the best here. It proves something when in the dressing room you are disappointed not to take all three points. I really thought we could have done.'