Former England striker Peter Crouch has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38.
Here, PA takes a look at five of the forward’s best goals.
Crouch won a UEFA poll in April this year for the best goal ever scored in the Champions League thanks to his spectacular overhead kick for Liverpool against Galatasaray in 2006.
The goal was one of four shortlisted by UEFA, with the 6ft 7in Englishman beating off efforts by Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic.
Crouch stunned Manchester City, who were on their way to the Premier League title in 2012, when he fired Stoke into the lead with a stunning goal from outside the area in their top-flight clash in March of that year.
Crouch coolly brought the ball down on the corner of the box before firing it into the top-left corner on the half-volley. The game ended 1-1 after Yaya Toure cancelled out Crouch’s wonder strike.
Hand of dread
Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England were looking to make a statement against minnows Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup in Germany after a narrow 1-0 win in their opening group game against Paraguay.
After 83 minutes and still deadlocked at 0-0, David Beckham whipped in a cross which was headed in by Crouch – but only after he had pulled defender Brent Sancho’s dreadlocks which stopped him from getting off the ground.
Steven Gerrard scored a second and England eventually went out in the quarter-finals.
Arguably Crouch became more renowned for his goal celebrations than many of the goals themselves. Crouch marked his goal in a pre-World Cup international friendly against Hungary in 2006 with the robot celebration for which he would become known.
He then unleashed his quirky dance moves again against Jamaica during the tournament.
Crouch named his hat-trick goal for Liverpool against Arsenal at Anfield in March 2007 as one of his best. He scored his first goal with his right foot, headed in the second and showed deft control to slot in the third with his left foot in front of The Kop.
Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny refused to travel on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States after a request to have his contract cancelled was rejected, PA understands.
The 33-year-old was due to fly out to the USA with the rest of the squad on Thursday but the club announced earlier in the day that the defender would not be travelling.
It is understood Koscielny, whose contract runs until next year, made it clear to the club that he wishes to be released from the agreement this summer in order to sign for another club.
But Arsenal have stood firm and, upon their refusal to grant the former France international a free transfer, Koscielny responded by not joining his team-mates in the USA.
“Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour,” a club statement read.
“We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.
“We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”
Internal disciplinary proceedings will begin against Koscielny in the coming days as the rest of Unai Emery’s squad prepare for the new Premier League campaign.
Koscielny’s future is now in doubt ahead of the season opener at Newcastle on August 11 and the situation may leave Arsenal needing to recruit another centre-back in the transfer window.
They are closing in on the capture of Saint-Etienne’s 18-year-old defender William Saliba but that deal is expected to see the teenager return to the Ligue 1 side on loan for the next season.
Koscielny did not feature for the Gunners until December last season, spending seven months on the sidelines overcoming a serious Achilles injury suffered in Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid last May.
He has made 353 appearances for Arsenal since joining from Lorient in 2010, scoring 27 goals and winning two FA Cups.
Sam Allardyce has revealed he turned down the chance to take the vacant manager’s job at Newcastle.
The former England boss, who held the position at St James’ Park from 2007 until 2008, was under consideration to replace Rafael Benitez, who left the club at the end of June.
However, Allardyce told talkSPORT: “I was very flattered that I was considered but it’s that thing… ‘don’t go back.’
“It never got to the type of talks people are suggesting but it wasn’t for me. I politely said ‘no’.
“I never got to talk to Mike (Ashley, owner of the club). My agent contacted me, I had a think about it and a quick look at the situation and thanked them very much.
“it’s not for me. Maybe if it was the first time around I would have jumped at it. I appreciate the offer but I was surprised, I’ve not worked for a full season.”
Allardyce continued: “‘It wasn’t something I thought about for too long.
“I thought it’d be better to make a quick decision for everyone. We’re in pre-season now and they’re back in training.”
PA understands that another former Sunderland manager, Steve Bruce, is the man at the top of the Magpies’ shortlist and that formal contact with the 58-year-old Sheffield Wednesday boss is imminent.
Allardyce believes Bruce would love to be offered the position, adding: “If he gets offered the job I’ll think he’ll jump at the chance.
“I think it would be one of his dreams to manage his hometown club.”
On his previous stint on Tyneside, Allardyce explained: “It wasn’t pleasant in the end but it was in the middle of the takeover.
“I had a fabulous start but we were desperate for better players. I was trying to forge forward and they wanted to go in another direction and I have no problems with that. It was handled brilliantly by Mike and his staff at the time.
“The fans are a bit more tolerant now. They were very good with Rafa because there’s not as much money as other clubs have got and were a bit more patient.
“The transfer market is the hardest part of the job at the moment and getting the right players to go to Newcastle, listening to what Rafa said before, has been a tough job.”
Allardyce is not ruling out a return to Premier League management but maintains the job has to be right for him.
The 64-year-old, whose last top-flight job – at Everton – ended in May 2018, added: “I wouldn’t rule it out but the offer that attracts me may not come now.
“Before I’d (be) ‘I’ll come and try to save you, can I do something here, yeah, let’s go’.
“But what happened at Everton really did disappoint me. This was supposed to be taking the club forward and I never got that chance – and that still rankles with me.”