My Footballing Hero: Troy Deeney
With England in action in the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, watfordfc.com delved through the archives to find out which English striker Troy Deeney admires.
“I never really had a footballing hero when I was younger – I didn’t sit around too much and watch football – but the older you get, you start hearing certain names.
“I remember watching Ian Wright on ‘This Is Your Life’,” Deeney said. “The programme with the big red book. I watched it when I was about 13 or 14 and I remember thinking not only does he play football, but he’s similar to people around my area in terms of his background story.
“He was a hell of a finisher and I’m fortunate that I can call him a friend now. I can pick up the phone and I know he’ll answer. We don’t necessarily talk about footballing tips, more life skills. I never had an older figure to talk to, but he’s obviously been in the industry and he knows what it’s all about.
“He speaks well and we’re similar in terms of personality. We’re both opinionated and we’re not too scared to say what we think.” he told the club's matchday programme.
England face Croatia in the semi-finals tonight at 7pm.