Crouch sets sights on England Euro 2012 spot

The 31-year-old scored a breathtaking goal at the Britannia against league leaders Mancheser City on Saturday and is now aiming for a return to the Three Lions squad

Stoke striker Peter Crouch has set his sights on winning a recall to the England squad ahead of Euro 2012.

The former Tottenham and Liverpool striker scored one of the goals of the season as his side claimed a 1-1 draw with Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday.

Crouch stunned City goalkeeper Joe Hart with a sensational dipping volley, which he described as the best goal of his career, to put the Potters in front before Yaya Toure’s long-range effort earned a point for the visitors.

The 31-year-old last played for England in November 2010, when he scored a late goal in a 2-1 defeat to France at Wembley, but has been left out of recent squads.

However, following the departure of Fabio Capello, the door is now open again for a player who has scored 22 goals in his 42 appearances for the national side.

"There is huge competition in the summer. I have been fortunate enough to play in two World Cups and 42 times for my country," he said.

"I know if I am working hard and playing well I will get a chance and hopefully I will grab it with both hands."

Despite holding title-chasing City to a draw, Crouch admitted that the home side were disappointed at not being able to hang on and claim victory.

“Any team will tell you that at the Britannia this season we are a match for anyone,” he said.

"We have taken points off the best here. It proves something when in the dressing room are disappointed not to take all three points. I really thought we could have done."