Troy Deeney opens up on what Sir Elton John told him after Arsenal FA Cup win

The Watford captain received a phone call from the Hornets' former chairman and most famous fan.

Watford captain Troy Deeney has revealed to the Daily Mail that he received a phone call from famous Hornets fan Sir Elton John after leading his side to an FA Cup quarter-final win over Arsenal last month.

Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura scored for the visitors as Quique Sanchez Flores' side recorded a shock victory over the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on 13 March to book a Wembley semi-final date against fellow London side Crystal Palace.

Deeney set up Ighalo for the opener in the match, heading the ball down for his strike partner to finish, and he revealed that after the match he received a surreal phone call from the club's former chairman.

The striker told the Daily Mail: "When we beat Arsenal in the quarter-final [Sir Elton] gave me a quick call and said, 'Well done, I’m buzzing for you'.

"It’s very surreal to have someone of that calibre speaking to me but Watford is massively dear to his heart."

If Watford can beat Palace in the semi-final later this month, they will reach the FA Cup final for the first time since they lost to Everton in 1984, at the end of which then-chairman Sir Elton was famously filmed in tears in the stands.

Deeney, who has been Watford's top scorer for three out of the last four seasons and has recorded nine goals and six assists in his first Premier League campaign, will be hoping to lead the club out not once but twice at the national stadium before the domestic season draws to a close.

Before that semi-final clash, the Hornets face away trips to West Bromwich Albion this weekend and West Ham United next Wednesday as they look to climb back up into mid-table.

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