Troy Deeney’s outside hopes of representing his country appear to be fading fast after he was again overlooked for the latest England squad.
It had been thought that the ankle injury sustained by Harry Kane would open the door for Deeney, who was watched by disgraced former England manager Sam Allardyce against Manchester United, but Gareth Southgate has looked past the claims of the Watford captain and picked Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingaard instead for the games against Malta and Slovenia.
Alan Shearer, who scored 30 goals in 63 appearances for his country, felt Deeney’s form warranted consideration.
“He is an integral part to how Watford play. I like the way he leads that team and drags them around,” Shearer told Match of the Day. “If there’s another injury then he should be given an opportunity.”
Jermaine Jenas agreed with Shearer.
“Since he has come into the Premier League with Watford, Deeney has been outstanding,” said Jenas. “We ask whether we should pick [Andy] Carroll, who is a hold-up man for England, but there are not many better at holding the ball up than Troy Deeney. We have got a lack of leaders apparently and he is Watford captain and leads that team by example week in and week out. He is good with the ball at his feet and he has scored three in the last four.”
Stan Collymore, Deeney’s fellow Brummie, reckons Southgate has missed a trick by not picking Deeney as an alternative option.
“Troy is humble, knows his qualities and limitations and it’s no surprise that after a quiet first couple of games that he’s again become instrumental in helping yet another new Watford manager settle in, getting his goals, leading the line and bringing good things out of those around him,” he said in his column for Boyle Sports. “We need to be less snobbish about England and remember that it’s a team rather than a collection of “Top 4″ players that will move England forward in the future.”