Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has paid tribute to former Liverpool and England team-mate Peter Crouch after he announced his retirement from football.

The Gers boss took to Instagram to praise the former Burnley, Stoke City, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Aston Villa striker – saying he loved playing alongside the striker.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Congratulations big man on a great career and thank you for all the assists you gave me,” Gerrard said on his personal account on the social networking site.

“I used to love playing with you and loved sharing a dressing room also. What a guy, all the best for the future.”

 

Crouch is set to interview Gerrard for an upcoming TV show and the 42-times capped former England star will no doubt go over some of the highlights of his time playing with the Rangers manager.

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: Peter Crouch celebrates with Stephen Gerrard of Liverpool after the second goal during the Barclays Premiership match between Liverpool and Wigan Athletic at Anfield on December 3, 2005 in Liverpool, England.

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The lanky striker played for a total of 11 clubs over his career and scored 108 goals in 468 top-flight appearances; winning the FA Cup in 2005-06 with Liverpool and losing in the Champions League final in 2007.

Crouch also set a Premier League record of 53 goals with his head as teams took advantage of his 6’7″ frame to great effect throughout his career.

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