'I can go on for a few more years' - Crouch not planning retirement

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Stoke City striker Peter Crouch says he has no plans to retire in the near future and hopes to renew his contract with the club.

The England international has been limited to substitute appearances at Stoke this season, but has found the net three times in 153 minutes in the Premier League.

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Crouch is out of contract at the end of the season and, at 36, he has faced questions over how long he has left in the game.

But the forward feels he can keep going in the English top flight for a few more years and hopes to be back in the starting XI at Stoke.

"When you do see the end and get past a certain age it's a little bit scary and the minutes you get are more precious than they were 10 years ago," he told Sky Sports .

"I appreciate them more than I did when I was 25. I want to stay in this game as long as I can.

"I don't think my attributes have changed and I haven't had many injuries, so if I can maintain that I can go on for a few years yet. I want to play at this level as long as I can.

"I love coming in every day training and playing the games. It's exciting, it's what I want to be doing."

Crouch believes he does not have to find a new club in order to secure a starting spot and would rather extend his deal with the bet365 Stadium side.

"I would like to get things sorted. I love it here and I don't see any real reason to move," he added.

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"If I was getting no minutes it would be difficult but I am playing games and knocking on the door to start games. I am happy here so I would probably like to stay. If things aren't sorted out before January I would have to look at options, but I am happy here and hope the club feel the same.

"I still feel great and hungry enough to be starting games. That's what I want to do.


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"When I have got in the side I have felt I have done well, but for whatever reason we change things and I have to be ready to come off the bench.

"I think I am the closest I have been to starting a game, putting pressure on the manager by coming on and doing ok and scoring goals, so hopefully I have put enough pressure on him to warrant a start, and I hope that's on Monday at Brighton."