Having represented England at under 21 level, he was called for the first time to the senior side in 2005 by Sven-Göran Eriksson, and played at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.Crouch continued to be selected by subsequent England managers Steve Mc Claren and Fabio Capello.Relegation meant that QPR had to sell many of their best players to support their diminished finances, and Portsmouth bought Crouch from them for £1.25 million.Crouch scored 18 league goals in 37 starts for Portsmouth — benefiting from the crossing of Robert Prosinečki — and that in a side that for much of the season looked destined for mid-table mediocrity.Although he scored only four times in 15 appearances, he was highly impressive and remains to this day popular with Norwich City supporters.So popular, in fact, he had a song made up about him ("He's tall, he's lean, he's a freaky goal machine").
The fact that Crouch possessed "good touch for a big man" in fact became something of a media cliché during this time.
When he came on as substitute for Southampton later that afternoon, he received a very good reception from the home crowd.
Villa sold Crouch in July 2004 to Southampton for a fee of £2.5 million. He scored just six goals in 37 Premiership games for Aston Villa.
When he was four the family moved again, this time to Singapore, although they stayed there for only a year before returning to London.
A keen footballer from an early age, he became a ball boy at the age of ten.
Despite initially being back-up to first choice strikers James Beattie and Kevin Phillips, Harry Redknapp's arrival and the sale of Beattie saw Crouch become the main attacking focus of the Southampton team.