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Despite enjoying a productive start to the new season.

Watford forward Troy Deeney is still waiting for a first cap for his country.

Troy Deeney deserving of long overdue England call-upThree goals already in the league for the 28-year-old and some inspirational performances have helped his side ease into the transition of new coach Walter Mazzarri at Vicarage Road.

Yet even with England’s woes in front of goal of late, notably scoring just twice in 180 minutes against Malta and Slovenia, Watford’s talisman has been repeatedly overlooked.

At Euro 2016 it was clear that England ran out of ideas, particularly in the embarrassing defeat to Iceland in the round of 16. Deeney’s physical presence and all-action style would have been an asset during any of England’s recent performances.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka, who tried to sign Deeney in the past, sums ups a popular view on the forward. “He’s a player I really like. Everybody likes Deeney because he scores goals.” It not just his ability on the pitch that have seen many call for the Birmingham-born forward to be included in an England squad. “Troy’s character would bring something extra to the England team”, Mazzarri said despite only being at Watford for a few months.

Deeney is a natural leader, something which the current crop of England stars are desperately short of. He commands respect from his teammates and is not afraid of dishing out some home truths, as seen after Watford’s recent 2-0 defeat at Burnley where he claimed the Hornets were “bullied”. That honesty would be much appreciated by most England fans who are tired of the same, repetitive comments from players after games.

A major contribution to the character of Deeney is his life experiences. After being expelled from school with no qualifications, Deeney worked as a bricklayer on the minimum wage.

Despite earning a professional contract and showing great promise as a youngster, a ten months prison sentence was handed to the Watford forward for punching two students and injuring a policeman. It had been coming for a while, as Deeney’s life spiralled out of control due to heavy drinking and mixing with the wrong crowd.

Since his time inside, Deeney have truly turned his life around. He has gone back to school and has regained focused on his football. From being a self proclaimed “jack the lad”, Deeney is now the model pro. He is desperate to take his chance at the top level which is evident in his recent performances on the pitch.

That top level for the moment is the Premier League, even though playing for England is a huge motivation for Deeney. “Of course I have ambitions of playing for England, there is no point reaching the best league in the world and thinking ‘I’ve made it'”.

He has twice declined approaches from the Jamaican national team, which he is eligible for. For Deeney it would be a dream to tell his mother he has been called up to the Three Lions squad.

At the weekend he could become only the fifth player in Watford’s 135-year history to reach 100 goals if he scores at struggling Hull City and further cement his place as a legend for the Hornets. But for the feel good story that is Deeney’s footballing career to reach the ultimate high, he has to earn an elusive England cap. Should it ever come, it would be truly deserved.

Originally published at outside90.com

Post written by Richard Hinman for Outside 90
Blog: outside90.com, Twitter: @Outside90

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