Aston Villa fans react on Twitter following Peter Crouch retirement

Peter CROUCH (ASTON VILLA) and Fernando D'AMICO (LILLE) during the Intertoto cup match between Lille and Aston Villa on July 31, 2002 in Lille, France.

The England international, who was at Villa Park between 2002 and 2004, announced his retirement aged 38.

Peter CROUCH (ASTON VILLA) and Fernando D'AMICO (LILLE) during the Intertoto cup match between Lille and Aston Villa on July 31, 2002 in Lille, France.

Aston Villa have paid tribute to Peter Crouch on Twitter following his retirement from professional football and a number of fans gave their thoughts on the player's time at Villa Park and overall career.

The 6ft 7in striker announced his retirement on Friday, hanging up his boots at the age of 38 following a fruitful career in which he played for 11 clubs, earned 42 England caps and competed in World Cups and a Champions League final (Daily Mail).

 

Crouch moved to Villa from Portsmouth in 2002 for an initial fee of £5million (BBC Sport) and began brightly enough, scoring on his home debut for Villa in a game against Newcastle United.

However, he failed to hold down a regular place next season and, even though he did impress in the latter stages of 2003-04 following his Norwich loan - a brace against Leicester City, a late winner at Middlesbrough and the opener at Bolton Wanderers - he was sold to Southampton for £2.5million the following summer (BBC Sport).

Villa congratulated Crouch on his career and he took the time to reply, a little tongue in cheek perhaps given his mixed spell at Villa Park:

Some claret and blue faithful also wished Crouch all the best and several thought it was a shame he was not given more time at the club:

Peter Crouch of Aston Villa holds off Ivan Campo of Bolton Wanderers during the Carling Cup, second leg semi final, between Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers at Villa Park on January 27,...

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