Former Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has shared a brilliant story involving a team mate during his time with the Potters.
Crouch signed for Stoke from Tottenham Hotspur in 2011, and would go on to have his longest stint at a football club in his career.
The former England international spent close to eight years at the bet365 Stadium, during which time he amassed 261 appearances and bagged 61 goals.
He eventually left Stoke to sign for Burnley on a free transfer in January last year, before hanging up his boots a few months later.
Now Crouch has entered the punditry world, and the former Stoke striker has taken part in a Q&A ran by the Daily Mail.
One question asked the 39-year-old what was the best/funniest excuse given by a team mate for being late to training – Crouch answered, but would not reveal who the culprit was!
“I will keep this player’s identity anonymous, Paul, but there was a magnificent one at Stoke,” said Crouch.
“We had to be in for 9am and this guy had a real problem with timekeeping. We heard the full range of reasons, from blown out tyres to traffic jams on the motorway.
“One morning he was late again and called in to say the electric gates on the front of his house had broken and he couldn’t get his car out; 45 minutes later, he turned up in the car he said was stuck at our base in Clayton Woods, as if nothing had gone wrong.
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“’Did you get your gates fixed?’ he was asked.
“’No, I’m waiting on someone to come out,’ he said.
“’Well, how did you get your car out the driveway then?’ came the incredulous reply.
“Our hero – not for the first time – was lost for words, while we were roaring with laughter. It was the equivalent of a schoolboy saying the dog had eaten his homework.”