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Crouch sets eyes on century

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has admitted it would be a special achievement for him to bring up 100 goals in the Premier League.

Crouch's current tally is 86 and he hopes to reach the milestone with Stoke if he can keep performing well.

Alan Shearer heads a list of 24 players to have netted a century of Premier League goals and Crouch is full of admiration for all those who have achieved such success.

"It's something I'm aware of. All the people on that list are players I've looked up to," he told the Sunday People.

"Being a striker, if you study that list, there are 24 players and the top 10 well...they are legends of the game.

"Alan Shearer's up there with 260 isn't he? Andy Cole, Thierry Henry, Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler...when you get to 100 Premier League goals it's something that can't be taken away from you. You're part of an exclusive club.

"And it's something I'd like to reach. It's a landmark."

Crouch, who was denied an 87th Premier League goal against West Ham United last week when his goal-bound shot deflected off Peter Odemwingie and was credited to his team-mate, has had the target in his mind for some time.

He explained: "I remember being at Aston Villa when Dion Dublin scored his 100th goal in the Premier League and how pleased he was.

"Ever since then, I thought to myself: 'You know, that's a target you can aim for'. It would be a great achievement for me.

"I have been lucky enough to enjoy a good career and you reach a certain age and, if you keep going, then these milestones come around.

"I'd like to do it with Stoke and, if I keep fit, then I think I've got a chance."