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Crouch explains how crafty footballers trick fans on Instagram

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 11/09/2018 Patrick Lynch
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Peter Crouch is about as honest a footballer as you’ll find playing at the top level these days and he is a universally popular character.

Never one to gloat, Crouch made the most of his abilities to forge a career at the top level and has managed to play with some top teams including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

So honest is the player that he famously replied that he would still be a virgin were he not a footballer.

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All jokes aside, Crouch is infuriated by the dishonesty of players in the modern game and believes that they use social media so as to manipulate supporters.

Speaking on Second Captains’ podcast, he said: ‘The Instagram stuff, I’ve seen players use that and twist it around, that has angered me at times.

‘I’ve seen someone in training who’s not tried a leg and is then going home and putting (out pictures of) himself doing extra training, running up stairs or filming himself on Instagram going through ladders on his driveway.

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‘I’m like, ‘I’ve just watched you and you haven’t tried a leg in training and you’ve gone home and pretended to do some ladders on Instagram’.

‘Then the fans are asking, ‘Why is he not playing? Look how much he’s putting in; he’s going home and he’s doing extra’.

‘It’s like being a fraud and it does anger me that people believe it. It’s pulling the wool over a little bit. Instagram is so big now, it’s got such a big following and people believe what’s going on on it.’

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