Date: 29th March 2016 at 4:34pm
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Troy Deeney’s made no secret of the fact he’s still hopeful of playing for England.

However, the Watford striker’s confirmed he turned down an approach from Jamaica and claimed an approach from Northern Ireland?

Deeney appeared on Soccer AM at the weekend when he once against reiterated his thoughts he would be ‘the proudest man in the country’ should Roy Hodgson give him a call up.

This didn’t come for the friendlies with Germany and Holland so wouldn’t seem likely to come this side of the European Championships yet the Hornets captain is hoping his chance will come at some point, telling Sky Sports.

‘I don’t want to say too much because Mark Noble did an interview and got compared to Grant Holt. 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.’

He went onto say contact had been made regarding his eligibility for Northern Ireland, with this being ‘confirmed’ at the moment with Jamaica, who he respectfully declined (and not the way it’s previously been portrayed), not something he was keen as he wouldn’t want to be involved in as much travelling as would be needed.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has since said he’s ‘baffled’ by the claims of Deeney and doesn’t feel the striker would be eligible to play for them anyway….

Deeney finished by admitting the goals might have dried up since the turn of the year but he would expect Hodgson to base his selection, as he has with the likes of Leicester’s ‘Drinky’ (Danny Drinkwater), based on the whole season and not just ‘six-months.’

But concedes regular goals would help his chances and is eyeing them again.

‘I don’t think the England manager chooses his team based on six months, I think you need to do it over a long period. Drinky is in the squad now and fair play to him, but he’s been doing it consistently. You have to do it over the long haul. We did really well at the start of the season and it’s dipped off a little bit now but more goals are coming for myself so I’m happy.’

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