The 6ft 7in striker came through the ranks at White Hart Lane and, in his second Tottenham spell, helped put Spurs in the Champions League.
A number of Tottenham Hotspur fans have taken to Twitter to wish Peter Crouch a happy retirement after the Spurs alumni announced that he has hung up his boots aged 38, as per his column in the Daily Mail.
The 6ft 7in striker began his professional career at White Hart Lane after having played for their youth team but did not make a first-team appearance for Tottenham in his first stint, instead being loaned out before eventually joining Queens Park Rangers permanently in 2000.
However, as the years went on, Crouch developed into a quality player as his career took him to numerous clubs in England including Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Southampton and Liverpool, and in 2009, he made his return to Spurs for a fee believed to be in the region of £10million (BBC Sport).
On 5 May 2010, the forward scored one of the most crucial goals in Tottenham's recent history, heading home a late winner away at Manchester City to secure a top-four spot in the league and send Spurs into the Champions League at the Etihad side's expense (BBC Sport).
During that European campaign, Crouch then scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the Champions League second round, first leg match against Milan at the San Siro in February 2011, which earned them a quarter-final tie against Real Madrid.
Tottenham's Twitter account posted a tribute to Crouch which featured some of his key goals for the Lilywhites:
Crouch then posted a very kind reply to Spurs:
No— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) 12 July 2019
Thankyou Tottenham hotspur x
And some fans paid tribute to their former star on the social media platform:
Favourite Crouchy momemt;— Nick Davison (@nick_davison10) 12 July 2019
That goal at The Etihad to send us into the Champions League.
Thank you for that @petercrouch, and many more Spurs memories too.
The goal at the San Siro is all that’s missing!— Tommy Miller (@TM1405) 12 July 2019
Crouchy— Sophie England (@SophieThfc10) 12 July 2019
One of my all time favourite spurs players— ᴀʟᴇx (@_10Kane) 12 July 2019
Good luck rodney,thanks for the memories .— colin (@skiathospurs) 12 July 2019
That goal against City to get us on the start of our Champions League journeys. Surely his most important for Spurs and me last game to watch with me aul lad Proper fond memory of that one. Thank you big man— CraigAtkins0n (@eireyiddo) 12 July 2019
A good footballer and a humble lad. Not many like him around in Football anymore.— Anthony (@Thrasher_Ant) 12 July 2019
After his stint at White Hart Lane, spells at Stoke City and Burnley followed for the 38-year-old, who was released by the Clarets at the end of last season.
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