Blissett backs current Watford star for England call-up

Watford have enjoyed an entertaining season back in the Premier League, as they sit comfortably in 14th position and 11 points clear of Sunderland in 18th.

Watford legend Luther Blissett has told The London Evening Standard why current Hornets star Troy Deeney deserves a call-up to the England squad.

There are only three English strikers who have scored more than Deeney this season - Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Jermain Defoe - and Blissett has urged Roy Hodgson to give him his chance, although he says he may have to wait for another year yet.

"It will be a little bit late for him now but next season he'll be knocking on the door again," Blisset said. "He deserves to be in the squad to show what he can do - you never know until you have the shirt on."

Blissett, who scored three goals in 14 appearances for his country went on to say:

"Look at the strikers we have available - Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge - if you put Troy into that mix then it would be a fantastic opportunity for him and great for the football club."

The former AC Milan striker's praise comes at a time when England are spoilt for choice in regards to forward options, and Watford's captain will surely find it hard to break his way in to a side that contains the likes of Kane, Vardy and the currently injured Wayne Rooney.

At 27, Deeney has blossomed later in his career than others, but he can take heart from Vardy's story.

The Leicester man did not receive his first call-up to the national squad until he was 28, and if the Watford marksman can continue his good run of form then who knows, an opportunity could very well present itself to him.

However, if he is to force his way into Hodgson's thinking he will have to become more clinical in front of goal. He has scored only 10 goals in 34 appearances this term, although he has chipped in with six assists.

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