Belfast Telegraph

Troy Deeney: I'm not using Northern Ireland to entice England

By Steven Beacom

Watford star Troy Deeney is still claiming that he has a chance of playing for Northern Ireland, despite manager Michael O'Neill ruling out the prospect at the weekend.

Deeney had stated on Saturday that he was exploring his eligibility for Northern Ireland only for O'Neill to say a day later that as far as he was concerned the player was one generation out to be considered, adding that he had not spoken to the striker for four years about the subject.

Speaking on talkSPORT yesterday, Deeney dismissed the idea it was merely a ploy to try and tempt England to call him up.

"We're looking into that process at the moment; there is a possibility," the 27-year-old said.

"I won't go into too much detail because, for some reason, people think I'm this really clever guy that's using that as an angle to get the England thing. That's what I was getting hit with on Twitter the other day.

"I won't get into too much detail but basically there's a slim possibility that something might be happening."

Belfast Telegraph