Crouch looking forward to Pompey return

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Peter Crouch is relishing the upcoming return to Portsmouth on Saturday and is anticipating a ‘hot reception’.

Crouch quit Fratton Park for Spurs in the summer, after becoming uncertain over the club’s future, with Portsmouth’s financial situation under intense scrutiny.

The lanky striker also felt that playing in a team destined for a relegation struggle would be detrimental to his hopes for a spot in Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad next summer.

Crouch spoke out about Portsmouth on his exit, with his words being criticised by chief executive Peter Storrie at the time.

Crouch said, “I don’t think I was talking out of turn with what I said about Portsmouth in the summer. Everyone knows the situation there wasn’t great.

“When I was a Portsmouth player, I admitted the situation wasn’t great and that was plain for everyone to see.

“I hope they have sorted things out with the new owner.

“I’ve got great admiration for the club and it will be good if they’ve got stability.

“It will be a hot reception, but nothing we’re not used to already. I’m looking forward to it.”

Crouch will be among a trio of players returning to Portsmouth this weekend, with Jermain Defoe and Niko Kranjcar making their returns to Fratton Park as well.

“There are quite a few of us going back – it’s like Portsmouth old boys!

“I loved every second at Portsmouth, but most of the players had to move on with things the way they were.”

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