PETER CROUCH: I thought my wife Abbey called me from the BRITs, but it was Jose Mourinho who asked me if I would solve the Tottenham injury crisis!
- An unknown number called my cell phone on Tuesday afternoon
- I expected it to be my wife Abbey, but instead it was Spurs boss Jose Mourinho
- He had found my number and asked for the joke to come and play for the club
It was Tuesday afternoon when my phone started to ring and an unknown number flashed.
I had spent the beginning of the day at home, watched the rolling news bulletins, and laughed at the Jose Mourinho press conference.
Before Tottenham’s Champions League clash with RB Leipzig, he was asked if his party could do what Barcelona had done and sign a striker outside the transfer window, given their state of emergency.
Sportsmail mocked the moment that Jose Mourinho Face led Peter Crouch as a joke
Crouch went to Twitter to offer his services as a joke after Mourinho mentioned his name
“I wasn’t aware of that possibility,” Mourinho said. “I don’t think it’s possible … Peter Crouch!”
I am myself, I tweeted, “I’m ready, Jose,” with the hasther tag #thereturn complete with a robot emoji.
That was the last time I thought about it, until my phone rang.
Crouch initially thought the call was from his wife Abbey, who attended the BRIT Awards
The Spurs boss joked that he would need Crouch with his club in the midst of an injury crisis
Normally I would not have answered. However, the fact that it was a FaceTime call made things a bit different. My first thought was that it was my wife Abbey who had gone to the British.
I assumed she showed me what she would wear for the ceremony. But when I answered, it was not Abbey staring back, but Mourinho, who sat in his office with a sparkle in his eye.
“Are you ready then?”
Jose laughed now – almost as much as I did. ‘Peter! Come on! We need you! We need you! “
Now retired Crouch previously spent two spells in Tottenham during his playing career
Tottenham’s press office had my number and had given it to the manager. However much I would like to answer his call, I concluded – in view of the refueling I have done since I retired – that it may take a little longer than usual before I am completely fit again.
I regret to say that I will not score Premier League goals in the near future, although it was a pleasure to talk to Mourinho.
I would like him to be the man to deliver the first Tottenham trophy since 2008.
Of course the result against Leipzig was difficult, but he settled in Tottenham and the amount of injuries he sustained would hamper all sides.
He needs time to put his stamp on things and that will only happen if he has all his options available.
Despite the defeat of the Champions League by RB Leipzig, Mourinho succeeds well