Stoke City: Peter Crouch confident of strong strike partnership with Michael Owen
PETER Crouch is convinced his potential Stoke City strike partnership with Michael Owen will be full of goals.
Owen's arrival on a free transfer has raised the prospect of the former England team-mates forming an experienced strike-force for City.
Crouch believes he is tailor made to play alongside Owen, and can back that up with the fact the pair scored 16 goals in 16 games when they were together for England.
He said: "The fact we're so different is a strength – it's the old Little and Large act.
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"Whenever I've played with that sort of striker – Jermain Defoe, Kevin Phillips or Michael – it's always gone well.
"He 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."
Crouch, aged 31, admits he has put England to the back of his mind after he was overlooked for the European Championships.
The 6ft 7in striker has scored 22 goals in 42 appearances for his country, but was left out of Roy Hodgson's squad for Poland and the Ukraine.
Crouch hasn't played for England since November 2010 while Owen's exile goes back to March 2008, even though he is the fourth highest scorer in his country's history with 40 in 89 games.
However, Crouch says an England recall for himself and 32-year-old Owen is possible if they can hit it off at the Britannia Stadium.
He added: "If he's playing regularly for Stoke and scoring in the Premier League, then I don't see why he can't force his way into the England set up."
Stoke are assessing Owen's fitness before deciding whether to include him in the squad for Saturday's clash with Premier League champions Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium.
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