Saturday 17 March 2018

Deeney's England bid backed

Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring his team's second goal. Photo: Getty
Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring his team's second goal. Photo: Getty
Heurelho Gomes of Watford dives in vain as Emmanuel Adebayor of Crystal Palace scores. Photo: Getty
Pape N'Diaye Souare of Crystal Palace is shown a red card by referee Robert Madley. Photo: Getty
Quique Flores manager of Watford celebrates. Photo: Getty

Declan Warrington

Quique Sanchez Flores supported Troy Deeney's England credentials after the Watford striker's brace inspired his team to a Premier League victory at Crystal Palace.

Having been recalled to Sanchez Flores' starting XI, club captain Deeney won the 16th-minute penalty from which he calmly scored Watford's opening goal, and after Emmanuel Adebayor headed Palace level and the hosts were in the ascendency, he superbly controlled Ben Watson's cross before shooting their second of the day.

The goals were his eighth and ninth of the season, but given much of his responsibility at Watford comes in providing a platform for fellow striker Odion Ighalo and that the presence of Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Charlie Austin and Theo Walcott means competition for selection in the England team is intense, an international call-up is unlikely.

Sanchez Flores, when asked if Deeney was good enough to play for England, responded: "Yes, I've already said. This kind of player can combine with everyone, with Kane, with Vardy, with other players, he can combine with other players. But I want to stop about that, because I am not the manager of the national team, I respect (Roy) Hodgson a lot."

The result, leaving Palace without a league victory since December 19, extended Alan Pardew's worst run since his appointment as Crystal Palace manager, and he labelled the opening 45 minutes the worst he had overseen. "That was as poor and unbalanced a side as I can remember putting out for Palace, it just wasn't happening for us," added Pardew.

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