Stoke City: Peter Crouch still has hopes of playing for England after strong showing against Manchester City
PETER Crouch is hoping Roy Hodgson will let bygones be bygones as the Stoke striker tries to play his way back into the England squad.
The 31-year-old has revealed he turned down the chance to play in one of England's pre-European Championship friendlies this summer after being told he was being left out of the squad for the tournament.
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Hodgson said last week that he hadn't considered Crouch for this month's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine after he was turned down by the Stoke striker before the Euros.
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Crouch has furthered his England claims by scoring three goals in Stoke's last three games, including the opener in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Saturday.
However, his chances of a recall depend on Hodgson putting their differences behind them.
Crouch said he had no problem with Hodgson, revealing that they'd had a disagreement over the summer.
He said: "He was asked a question about me and I bear no grudges about that at all.
"I was disappointed to be left out of the Euro squad and was a bit frustrated, but playing for my country is the best thing I have ever done.
"It wasn't a case of being on standby. I think he wanted me to play in one of the friendlies and then go home. But I'll be honest, I was disappointed not to be called up to the full squad.
"We had a conversation, but I think that should remain between me and the manager.
"If I get the chance to play for my country again I would grab it with both hands. I will carry on playing as well as I can for Stoke and, if something comes out of it, then fantastic."
Meanwhile, Crouch admitted his goal against the league champions on Saturday should have been ruled out for handball.
Stoke were good value for a point, but got lucky when neither referee Mark Clattenburg nor his officials saw Crouch handle the ball as he burst through two challenges to score past Joe Hart from close range to put Stoke into a 15th-minute lead.
Crouch said: "There was a slight suspicion of handball!
"It happened that quickly, but it definitely hit my hand, I'm not going to lie to you. I'd like to see it again, just to see how obvious it was, but you play to the whistle and I put it in to give our side a deserved lead.
"The ball was bouncing around and it does happen so quickly. The linesman was miles from it and with all the players around, it was difficult for them to see. It wasn't anyone's fault.
"It's one of those things. They do seem to even themselves out and I am sure they will do. We'll get decisions against us this year without doubt."
The striker was substituted in the 90th-minute so his fellow England striker Michael Owen could make his Stoke City debut.
Crouch said he's delighted that Owen is at City.
He said: "I didn't speak to him before he signed, but I know he spoke to Jonathan Woodgate.
"We were always confident he would come here and thankfully he has. He will have a big part to play this season.
"He is looking very sharp in training. A top-class player like Michael Owen, when he is fit, is up there with some of the top players the Premier League has ever had."