Former Tottenham striker Peter Crouch has announced his retirement from football after 21 years in the beautiful game.

The 6ft7 striker signed a short-term contract at Burnley in January, but after making just six substitute appearances at Turf Moore, has decided to hang his boots up.

Crouch started his career at White Hart Lane but never featured for the first-team before he was sold to London rivals Queens Park Rangers in 2000.

But the 38-year-old was brought back to Spurs by Harry Redknapp ten years later – and although he only scored 24 goals in 93 games, some will go down as the most popular and important in Tottenham’s recent history – two in particular.

In May 2010, the forward scored the decisive winner at the Etihad against Manchester City to send the Lilywhites into the Champions League for the first time ever and then just nine months later Crouch tapped home the winner from Aaron Lennon’s pass as Tottenham beat seven-time winners AC Milan in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at the San Siro.

His spell in North London may have been a brief one, but his efforts for the club will never be forgotten.

Happy retirement, Crouchie.

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