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Crouch lashes out at newspaper for leaking news of Abbey's pregnancy

England footballer Peter Crouch confirmed today that his girlfriend, model Abbey Clancy, was pregnant.

The Tottenham striker said he was "upset" with the way the news had emerged after it was leaked in a British newspaper.

Crouch said: "Abbey told me on July 25 that she was pregnant but we agreed to keep it private until she was ready to make an announcement.

"There were even some members of our families who were still unaware that Abbey is pregnant until today's revelations in the Sun."

The Sun revealed today that Clancy (24) was pregnant.

But Crouch's solicitor released a statement criticising the way the paper had reported the story.

Graham Shear, representing the footballer, said: "Peter Crouch today condemned intrusive Sun reporters who followed his girlfriend to a private clinic and eavesdropped and apparently recorded her private conversation in a restaurant.

"The Sun published a story stating that Abbey is pregnant, depriving her of the opportunity to make this public in her own time and in her own way."

The news of Clancy's pregnancy comes in the wake of allegations surrounding Crouch's private life.

Pictures emerged of the 29-year-old footballer apparently flirting with women in France.

The photos appeared to show Crouch touching the thigh of a woman in a French nightclub.