crouch tones down parties

LONDON - England forward Peter Crouch has vowed to avoid any more nightclub high jinx as he tries to keep his World Cup dream alive.

LONDON - England forward Peter Crouch has vowed to avoid any more nightclub high jinx as he tries to keep his World Cup dream alive.

Crouch was photographed on a wild evening out with Tottenham teammate Jonathan Woodgate and model girlfriend Abbey Clancy at London's trendy Movida bar after his club's Premier League win over Portsmouth last month.

The former Liverpool striker was snapped on the dance floor reviving the "robot" goal celebration that made him a cult hero with England fans and sticking his head out of a taxi as he was driven home from the club.

Those kind of antics will hardly sit well with notoriously strict England coach Fabio Capello, who has been known to punish players for being late for dinner, let alone letting their hair down in such spectacular fashion.

Crouch revealed that Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp reacted to the incident with a typically brusque put-down, but Capello is less likely to take such an understanding attitude, especially if there are any repeats before next year's finals in South Africa.

With competition for places in Capello's squad hotting up now that the qualifying campaign is over, Crouch knows he must keep out of trouble.

"Yes, of course I think about how Capello will react. He's not said anything to me. Harry said 'you're an idiot, move on'. Quite straightforward," said Crouch before flying off to Doha with the England squad for Saturday's friendly against Brazil.

"It was eight days before the next game. I've not covered myself in glory, but I haven't killed anyone, although I feel like I have.

"I'm human at the end of the day but it won't happen again.

"We were going out with all the lads, as a team. It probably escalated a bit more than I would have planned.

"After a game you want to relax and unwind.

"It can't be football, football, football." - Sapa-AP

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