Troy Deeney said he was “annoyed” at being played out of position in front of the watching England manager on Saturday.
Roy Hodgson was at Vicarage Road for the game against Bournemouth and given the dearth of English players on view, he is likely to have been there to run the rule over Deeney.
Watford’s captain underwhelmed on what was his 250th appearance for the club and he put that down to playing “as a right-midfielder”.
“I wasn’t told he was at the game until yesterday,” said Deeney on the talkSPORT breakfast show this morning. “We played a different formation where I kind of played in midfield so I was a bit annoyed, to be honest. [It was] my chance to show [what I can do] and I was playing as a right midfielder. It’s just one of those things.”
Asked where he feels he stands in the pecking order of England’s strikers and his chances of going to the Euros in the summer, Deeney replied:
“Expectations are quite low at the moment,” he said. “I don’t mean that in a bad way. Welbeck is back, Sturridge is back, Rooney is going to go. You’ve got Kane and Vardy. Without sounding negative the typical lads will go.
“The only thing I can do is keep performing the way I do. I’m different to all them. I don’t have the same qualities they have. If he’s looking for another option, and you look at Andy Carroll and Rickie Lambert [being capped under Hodgson], and someone with a different option then I’d like to think I can definitely fill that.”