Crouch’s move complete

Portsmouth, July 11:

England striker Peter Crouch completed his move to Portsmouth today and said manager Harry Redknapp and teammate Jermain Defoe were his reasons for joining.

Having struggled to earn a place in Liverpool’s first team last season, Crouch was reportedly the subject of interest from Tottenham but opted to sign a four-year contract with the club he left in 2002.

Liverpool accepted an undisclosed offer for Crouch, rumoured to be about $21.7 million,

leaving the player free to link up again with Redknapp.

Crouch hit 18 goals in 37 games at Portsmouth and, three years later, the striker scored 12 in 27 at Southampton — also under Redknapp. Crouch is the fourth current England international at Portsmouth, which won the FA Cup last season for their first major trophy in 58 years.