Deeney de­serves an in­ter­na­tional chance

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Should the now 30-year-old Troy Deeney be given a chance by Eng­land? Gareth South­gate has made it pretty clear that his ef­fec­tive but ro­bust style would not suit his Eng­land team, but why not?

Harry Kane may have won the Golden Boot at the re­cent World Cup but half his goals came from penal­ties and, per­haps be­cause he was car­ry­ing an in­jury, his lat­ter dis­plays in the tour­na­ment were some­what in­ef­fec­tual.

At Craven Cot­tage re­cently, Deeney seemed to ter­rorise the Ful­ham cen­tre­backs who never be­gan to sub­due him.

Now that Eng­land have lost the pace and in­ci­sion of Jamie Vardy, who has re­tired from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball, they surely need to re­place him.

South­gate may have his view of an ideal way of play­ing foot­ball but one has not yet seen it work con­vinc­ingly. We saw again at Wem­b­ley against Spain, even if they did have a valid goal ruled out at the end, how dif­fi­cult Eng­land find it to score.

Does Deeney’s ro­bust and chal­leng­ing meth­ods not suit the na­tional team’s so­called style? But what is that style? The said re­liance on dead-ball kicks is surely an im­plicit con­ces­sion of tac­ti­cal fail­ure.

What, pray, does Danny Wel­beck give to an Eng­land team, when this sea­son he is find­ing it hard to get on the field for Arse­nal?

“I would pick him,” says Wat­ford’s for­mer Eng­land keeper Ben Fos­ter of Deeney. “He of­fers a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion.” The for­mer Wal­sall player shows self­dis­ci­pline, too. With a spe­cial diet he lost a lot of weight dur­ing the close sea­son.

Dif­fer­ent... Troy Deeney

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