Peter Crouch Denies He’ll Turn His Back on England, Mail Reports

Tottenham striker Peter Crouch denied he’s turned his back on playing for England, although he’s disappointed at not making the starting line-up, the Daily Mail reported.

The Mail on Sunday said two days ago that Crouch, 30, wouldn’t play for England again under coach Fabio Capello after he was left out of the matchday squad for the Euro 2012 soccer qualifier with Switzerland on June 4.

“Do I want to carry on playing for England? Yeah, of course,” the Daily Mail cited Crouch as saying today. “I would never give up playing for my country at any stage. It’s an honor.”

Since starting the Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro at Wembley in October, Crouch has made only a substitute’s appearance in the November exhibition match against France, the Daily Mail said. He’s scored 22 goals in 42 games for England.

Goalkeepers Paul Robinson and Ben Foster are among players who have already made themselves unavailable. England drew 2-2 with Switzerland at Wembley at the weekend and tops Group G on goal difference from Montenegro.