Peter Crouch admits his daughter Sophia, 8, used to be EMBARRASSED by his height

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He's the proud dad to two daughters and two sons with his wife Abbey.

And despite decades of sporting success, Peter Crouch admits that children used to mock his oldest daughter Sophia, eight, because of his 6ft 7inch height.

Speaking to Jonathan Ross in scenes set to air on Saturday, the former England star, 38, says that before Sophia's friends learned of his famous football past, they used to poke fun at her for having such a 'tall dad.'

Awkward! Peter Crouch is set to admit that children used to poke fun at his oldest daughter Sophia, because of his 6ft 7inch height

Awkward! Peter Crouch is set to admit that children used to poke fun at his oldest daughter Sophia, because of his 6ft 7inch height

When asked whether his four children appreciate his success, Peter says: 'My little girl, the eldest one, I took her to summer camp and she was like ''Dad don't come in''because the kids were making fun because her dad was so tall. 

'She didn't want me to come in. I thought I'd be a real cool dad but obviously not. I let her run in and then she realised the boys liked football and the next day she was like, ''Dad, do you want to come in the class?'' It's amazing how she's changed!'

Peter also says that he was no stranger to abuse from fans when he began playing football due to his 6ft 7inch frame.

Sweet: Peter said that Sophia (pictured above on Lorraine earlier this month) said that she used to feel embarrassed about his height, until she learned her friends were football fans

Sweet: Peter said that Sophia (pictured above on Lorraine earlier this month) said that she used to feel embarrassed about his height, until she learned her friends were football fans

He adds: 'I dealt with it through humour really but I got a lot of stick… People's opinion changed when I started playing and they realised that I could play. 

'I remember making my debut for QPR and I got so much abuse, I got called 'Freak… Does the circus know you're here?' It's funny to look back on now but at the time it wasn't. 

'I found it tough. I had to sit down with my dad and I was like, 'I don't know if I want to pursue it.'

Close family: Peter has been married to model Abbey Clancy since 2011, and the couple share daughters Sophia, eight and Liberty, four, and sons Johnny, 21 months, and Jack, nine months

Close family: Peter has been married to model Abbey Clancy since 2011, and the couple share daughters Sophia, eight and Liberty, four, and sons Johnny, 21 months, and Jack, nine months

Hilarious: Peter appears on the show to promote his new book I, Robot: How To Be A Footballer 2

Tales: The former England star said the book is solely dedicated to wife Abbey

Hilarious: Peter appears on the show to promote his new book I, Robot: How To Be A Footballer 2, which he said is solely dedicated to wife Abbey

He continues: 'My dad, he wore his heart on his sleeve and I'm his son, he was always protecting me. In the early days, he found it as tough as me. 

'You go from playing with your mates to playing in front of 40,000 people and 30,000 of them are abusing you, it can be hard. 

'My dad just couldn't handle it… All these people would be shouting and screaming at me and he'd just turn around and just lamp one.' 

Peter has been married to model Abbey since 2011, and the couple share daughters Sophia, eight and Liberty, four,  and sons Johnny, 21 months, and Jack, nine months.

Stories: The former Tottenham star also says that he has Abbey to thank for his lengthy career, after she purchased him a pair of lucky pants

Stories: The former Tottenham star also says that he has Abbey to thank for his lengthy career, after she purchased him a pair of lucky pants

Since retiring from football over the summer, Peter says that he has more time to spend with his family, and especially their newest arrival Jack.

He says: 'I absolutely love being at home, I've got a bit more time

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