Troy Deeney questions England manager Gareth Southgate's decision to keep selecting Danny Welbeck
The Watford striker, who has been in great form this season, suggested he believed he was ready for a Three Lions call-up
Troy Deeney has questioned Gareth Southgate’s England squad selection for their recent games against Spain and Switzerland.
The Watford frontman has been in fine form this season as the Hornets sit fourth in the Premier League table with four wins from their opening five games.
There have been suggestions Deeney should receive his first Three Lions call-up especially after Jamie Vardy announced his international retirement in August.
Deeney said: “I respected his [Southgate’s] decision, I can’t say I was overjoyed not to be in it, I’m one of those that believe you have to earn it, I don’t think four games is anywhere near enough to say I should be in the England team.”
When asked about Southgate’s reasoning behind his squad selection, Deeney was typically open and honest.
He added: “I think his response was interesting, that he’s good enough for Watford but not for us, that message comes across that anyone who plays for a lesser team that doesn’t plays a certain style of football isn’t going to be good enough for England.
“If you look at a Danny Ings, Glenn Murray, Callum Wilson, we would probably all be arguing ‘well what do I need to be in the team?’ Because no offence to Danny Welbeck, I’ve got a lot of time for Danny Welbeck, but he’s not playing and he’s still being picked, so is it a case that’s just the team?”
Deeney, 30, is now focusing on carrying on his good form for his club after coming into the new season a lot fitter after working on his health during the summer.
“I got up on my 30th birthday and went to the bathroom and looked into the mirror and thought ‘ooft, is this what it has come to? It was the first time I’d looked at my body and I wasn’t happy with what I was seeing.
“This season I’ve been written off and people have called me fat so I’ve thought I’ll show you. I just need to be motivated and stimulated mentally. I know I can do anything if I put my mind to it.”
Watford boss Javi Gracia has set strict nutritional plans for all of the players which has helped the striker.
Deeney also appears to be happier and enjoying football under Gracia’s guidance and opened up on recent struggles with his mental health.
He said: “Everyone’s got issues. There’s a stigma in football that you earn a certain amount of money, how dare you have issues.
“It’s perceived that money can take care of anything but in my experience it makes everything 15 times harder because you can’t act ‘normal’ and you’re not allowed to be vulnerable or weak but we all are.
“It’s gone from grieving, where I lost my dad and my grandad within 18 months trying to learn how to grieve how to let people back in, obviously when I went to jail I closed up really quickly.
“I always break it down I am three different people. I’m Troy Deeney the footballer, I’m daddy who the kids get to see and I’m Troy which a few of my mates get to see. I’m genuinely a big softie, I put this front on, and I’m just a laid back fool really.
“I’ve got a psychologist now, I still see him twice a week, it’s gone from lifestyle to sports management, how to get me into that zone.”
He is hoping the club can build on their early success this season and is targeting a top ten finish for Watford.
Deeney added: “Top 10 is definitely achievable, we need to look at being best of the rest, and between seventh and 10th would be unbelievable.”