Crouch: New Stoke team-mate Owen and I can play for England again

The Potters' striker is hoping to revive a potent 'Little and Large' act with the diminutive poacher, boosting both forwards' chances of playing for the national team once more
Peter Crouch insists that if he and new signing Michael Owen can form a potent strikeforce at Stoke City, then there's no reason why they cannot feature up front for England once again.

The 31-year-old striker feels that the addition of Owen to the playing staff at the Britannia Stadium could reap dividends for Tony Pulis' side, and aid both players in their pursuit of a place in Roy Hodgson's international set-up.

"If Michael [Owen] stays fit he will score. If he's playing regularly for Stoke and scoring in the Premier League, I don't see why he can't force his way into the England set-up," Crouch told The Sun.

"Stoke's profile is about to be raised just by the fact Michael is here and the gaffer has made a lot of shrewd summer signings.

"The future looks bright and, if we're scoring regularly in the Premier League for a successful team, why shouldn't we be considered again?"

Crouch has been out of favour with new England manager Hodgson, missing out on the latest squad to face Moldova and Ukraine despite the injuries that forced Wayne Rooney and Andy Carroll out of consideration.

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However, Crouch made it clear that he is simply focusing on his club football at the moment: "To be honest I've taken my eye off England now a little bit. I'm just concentrating on doing well for Stoke, the rest takes care of itself.

"I'm playing well and I've scored in my last couple of games. I play most weeks and I'm really enjoying my football again. Michael coming here is another step forward.

"I'll just continue to enjoy it. If the England call comes, great. If not, I've got Stoke to concern myself with."

Crouch and Owen have an impressive record of 16 goals in 16 games between them while playing together for England, and a good run of form at Stoke would give Hodgson food for thought in terms of filling striking roles for future World Cup 2014 qualifying games.

The ex-Tottenham and Liverpool forward said: "The fact we're so different is definitely a strength of ours - it's the old Little and Large act. Whenever I've played with that sort of striker - Jermain Defoe, Kevin Phillips or Michael - it’s always gone well."

He went on to remark on Owen's ability in training, suggesting the deal was a good one for Stoke: "[Owen] was in on Thursday for his first day of training and I have to admit he looked very sharp for someone who has been out for so long.

“If we get a fit Michael Owen on a free, it's some deal isn’t it?”