Peter Crouch’s team-mate always had Tesco bag with four items for pre-match meal

Benoit Assou-Ekotto's pre-match meals were not your usual combination – with Peter Crouch particularly baffled by the menu.

The former Cameroon international spent nine years on the books at Tottenham, following a £3.5million move from Lens – despite openly admitting he didn't like football.

His distaste for the sport was not his only eccentricity and former team-mate Crouch revealed all after his retirement.

Assou-Ekotto would bring his own Tesco bag to training according to the former England striker – as well as the same four items every day.

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Speaking to The Mail in 2018, Crouch detailed the left-back's pre-match meal as well as the contents of his own bag on arrival.

He said: "It's pasta, chicken, no sauce, and has been for the past 20 years. Benoit would turn up with a Tesco's bag containing the same four items every time: a croissant, a hot chocolate, a full-fat Coke and a packet of crisps.

"The croissant I understood. He is French-Cameroonian. The hot chocolate: same cultural backstory. He used to dip the first into the second.

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"But the crisps, and the Coke — it was like two discrete lunches, one belonging to a middle-aged Parisian and the other a 12-year-old on the Seven Sisters Road."

Assou-Ekotto, 39, called time on his career back in 2018 after spells with QPR, Saint-Etienne and Metz.

He made 23 appearances for his country across a five-year spell, having played 69 times alongside Crouch.

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The defender told The Guardian in 2010: “All people, everyone, when they go to a job, it’s for the money.

"So I don’t understand why, when I said I play for the money, people were shocked. Oh, he’s a mercenary.

"Every player is like that. It’s a good, good job and I don’t say that I hate football but it’s not my passion."

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