Deeney not giving up on England dream after Northern Ireland approach

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Watford striker Troy Deeney is still hopeful of playing for England, despite being overlooked in Roy Hodgson’s latest squad.

Watford striker Troy Deeney insists he has not given up on his dream of playing for England, despite reported interest from Northern Ireland.

The Hornets skipper has scored nine goals in the Premier League so far this season, but was overlooked by England boss Roy Hodgson for the friendlies with Germany and the Netherlands this week.

But the 27-year-old has refused to dwell on the snub, preferring instead to focus on putting in the performances that will see him pull on the England shirt for the first time.

According to the Mirror, Deeney told Sky Sports' Soccer AM: "I have to be careful about what I say, but I'm just going to do my job and hopefully Mr Hodgson will give me a knock and I'll be the first one there.

"I'd be the proudest man in the country if I did get the opportunity. I just have to keep doing my job and working away."

The combination of Deeney’s Premier League form and the absence of an England cap has seen other countries take and interest, with the forward admitting that Northern Ireland could be an alternative route into international football.

He also moved to explain why he turned down the chance to represent Jamaica last summer.

"Yes, we are just confirming the Northern Ireland thing at the moment,” he continued.

"And I didn't reject Jamaica and say 'don't call me'. It was just when they did call me it was in the middle of June and I had just finished a long Championship season so I said, 'I fancy a couple of weeks with my kids.'

"Also when they play you have to meet up in Miami and fly to Costa Rica or wherever they are playing that week, and it's a long, old stint.

"When you fly back you get back on Friday morning too, so I'd miss the whole week with the Watford lads and being captain you can't afford to do that."

With both Northern Ireland and England set to appear at Euro 2016 this summer, Deeney may well have to make a choice soon.

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