Kaboul mystified at Deeney snub

Kaboul mystified at Deeney snub

Defender Younes Kaboul has said striker and Watford team-mate Troy Deeney 'deserves' to be in the current England squad.

The 30-year-old French central defender, who moved to Vicarage Road from Sunderland in a £4million deal during the summer transfer window, has already seen enough of Deeney to recognise his attacking attributes.

And with interim England boss Gareth Southgate recently picking a 23-man squad for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Malta before Tuesday's trip to Slovenia, Kaboul was surprised not to see Deeney's name on the list.

It was suggested that the 28-year-old would be involved after scoring three goals in Watford's first seven games of the season and also the loss of Tottenham hitman Harry Kane to injury.

But Deeney was again overlooked and Kaboul has since told the Watford Observer: "Of course when you look at his stats he deserves to be there [England squad] but it's down to the manager of the national team to make that decision. But of course for me he deserves to be there."

He added: "Troy is a striker that lives for goals. It's the same for all our strikers at the club but he’s got that desire and dedication that will push him over 100 goals because he always wants more.

"He's a threat for any defence in the Premier League and he's doing well and will do even better."