Peter Crouch is one of the nicest guys in football. He’s a bit lanky, he makes jokes about being a virgin and he managed to pull Abbey Clancy.
Not too shabby really, but according to Brent Sancho, who played in the game when England faced Trinidad and Tobago and is now their Minister for Sport, Crouch is the most hated man in the small nation.
That is all because of his goal when the teams met in the 2006 World Cup and England came oh so close to embarrassing themselves (as per) against an unfancied team.
Sancho spoke to BBC Radio Kent and claimed:
It is folklore here in Trinidad. It is one of those things that anywhere I go, people will always remind me.
Everyone has their spin on it – where they were when it happened and their dislike for him.
Crouch was not the only England player to score, but because of the dubious nature of the goal, with Crouch climbing all over Sancho, he became the face on the back page of every newspaper and it seems the people of Trinidad and Tobago have still not forgotten it.
Crouch meanwhile, is playing his trade with Stoke, so has plenty of time to practice climbing all over people and embracing the physical nature of the game.