Peter Crouch hopeful of England return with Stoke City teammate Michael Owen

Peter Crouch and Matthew Upson
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Peter Crouch says that he and his Stoke City teammate Michael Owen can still make a return to the England national team.

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch believes that he and his teammate Michael Owen still have the calibre to play for England.

Crouch was ignored by Three Lions coach Roy Hodgson for their 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, while Owen last played for the national team in 2008.

"If Michael stays fit, he will score," the 31-year-old told The Sun. "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.

"Stoke's profile is about to be raised just by the fact Michael is here and the gaffer [Tony Pulis] 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 and Owen scored 16 goals in as many matches while playing together for England.

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