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Watford striker Troy Deeney nonplussed over missing out on an England call

Published 02/10/2015

Troy Deeney is key to Watford's hopes of remaining in the Premier League
Troy Deeney is key to Watford's hopes of remaining in the Premier League

Troy Deeney has dismissed suggestions that he deserved to be included in the latest England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers with Estonia and Lithuania.

The Watford forward has occasionally impressed, despite not scoring so far this season, since their promotion to the Barclays Premier League but was overlooked by manager Roy Hodgson, who instead called up Danny Ings and Jamie Vardy to compliment regular internationals Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Harry Kane, for his latest squad.

The return to fitness of Daniel Sturridge and Jay Rodriguez, coupled with the anticipated return of Danny Welbeck, will likely further diminish his chances of international football, but, speaking ahead of Watford's Premier League fixture at Bournemouth on Saturday, Deeney has insisted that he does not feel he should be involved.

"Unless it's off my mum, then no, I wasn't expecting a call," said Deeney, 27.

"I don't think I've done enough to warrant an England call-up just yet."

Deeney's honest attitude is significantly different to that usually witnessed in the Premier League, but, for all that he played down his international credentials, in an era in which there have long been concerns that others underperform because of the pressure they feel while wearing an England shirt, the forward's refusal to be affected by the result or if he misses a goalscoring chance may have proved a strength.

"Personally, I don't really care if I miss a chance, to be honest," Deeney said. "It doesn't affect how I play so as long as I play well and the manager still picks me and the team still appreciate what I'm doing then that's all that matters to me.

"I'm in a good place. There's only going to be three outcomes: win, lose or draw. I'm still gonna live, I'm still happy. I don't really get stressed by football.

"I've got two kids that won't allow me to think about football too long.

"I've got a 10-month old who's learning how to walk upstairs. I'm involved in the game, emotionally involved in the game, but as soon as I leave work...

"Like when you leave work, you don't sit at home typing for no reason you're with your family.

"I leave work and I'm with my family and I'm trying to be a better family man.

"If you remember on the pitch (after Watford lost in the 2013 Championship play-off final to Crystal Palace), I'm the only one who's not lying down, sulking, I'm trying to get other people up and clapping the other team.

"It's football. Was I annoyed? Very much so. Did it annoy my summer? Very much so. But you can't change anything, so all you can do is work harder and get ready for the next one."

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