Jump directly to the content

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.


Your Sun

A News UK Company
hero status confirmed

Could Peter Crouch actually play with a different name on his shirt next season?

The popular target man has teased fans on Twitter by expressing an interest in playing with 'Crouchinho' on his back

We’re calling it, Peter Crouch is the most likeable player in the Premier League.

The lanky target man’s self-deprecation and love for football has won him many fans over the years.

And next season he could confirm his status as English football’s greatest cult hero with a potentially hilarious shirt name change.

The Stoke forward teased fans on Twitter with a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that he is considering having ‘Crouchinho’ on his shirt come August.

Please let this happen.

Obviously, Crouchy being the joker he is, this tweet is probably as far as this goes but you never know.

The 36-year-old followed through with his last nugget of social media banter.

Stoke fan Tyrone Sidley was handed Crouch’s matchday shirt after turning up to St Mary’s in just Speedos and a snorkel.

Crouch scored the winner in the 1-0 away win on the south coast and posed for photos with Sidley after the game.

Football will be so much worse when Crouchy retires

Rex Features
Football will be so much worse when Crouchy retires

So perhaps there is a slim chance that we’ll see Crouch march out with Crouchinho on his back next season.

South American naming conventions mean the suffix ‘inho’ makes a player ‘little’ as a term on endearment.

Ronaldinho equals ‘little Ronaldo’ and so Crouchinho would make Crouch ‘little Crouch’ which is just too perfect.

If Hulk and Chicharito can have their nicknames on their shirts why can’t Crouchy?

Your move, Premier League.

Sign up to play Dream Team 2017/18 now