Peter Crouch Reveals Move to MLS Was Scuppered by Wayne Rooney

May 30, 2020, 12:20 PM GMT+1
Peter Crouch, Wayne Rooney
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Former England international Peter Crouch has revealed that he had his hopes of a move to MLS dashed by the presence of a former teammate - Wayne Rooney.

The former Liverpool striker enjoyed an impressive career in English football, scoring a hugely respectable 108 Premier League goals before his retirement last season.

While the current podcast star ended up seeing out his playing days at top-flight side Burnley, the situation could have been very different had he got his way.

Peter Crouch
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The striker explained that with his career reaching its climax - and his Stoke City contract nearing its end - he sought to take the plunge and move abroad, only for the deal to fall through.

Writing in his column for the Mail, Crouch revealed a move to DC United had been on the cards until things suddenly changed.

"My agent told me there was a three-year deal to live in Washington; Abbey liked the possibility of living in Washington and it was going to be all systems go.

Wayne Rooney
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"There was one caveat. 'They are thinking of signing Wayne Rooney' I was told. 'They’ll never get him,’ I thought. Next thing I knew, Wayne was in Washington and I was destined to stay at home."

To perhaps rub salt into his Crouch's wounds, Rooney's relatively successful stay in Washington ended sooner than expected, as he returned to England to become player-coach at Derby County.

While it may have been a major disappointment to lose out to England's greatest ever goalscorer, it was not the first time that Crouch had missed out on an opportunity to move abroad - as the 38-year-old revealed that the chance to go to Spain or Italy had reared its head during his Liverpool days.

Peter Crouch
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"When I was at Liverpool, Villarreal were interested and Pepe Reina told me it would be a good move (maybe he knew Fernando Torres was on his way!). Sampdoria and Genoa were both possibilities at one stage, too."

While moves abroad never materialised, he still managed to forge a successful career in England.