Troy Deeney is retaining hope of playing for England, despite interest from Northern Ireland, the Mirror reports.
The Watford captain has scored nine goals in this Premier League season and been an integral figure in a strong campaign for the Hornets. Whilst many were calling for his inclusion in this England squad, he was left out by Hodgson with the striking spaces taken by Vardy, Sturridge, Welbeck and Kane.
Odion Ighalo has been the main beneficiary from Deeney’s quality form, as the two have become one of the most feared duos in the country, and the Watford captain helped Ighalo to become one of the league’s top scorers.
When speaking on Soccer AM, Deeney remained cautious about his international ambitions and cited Mark Noble recently being compared with Grant Holt as justification for his reserved comments on the issue.
Northern Ireland have reportedly been in touch with the Watford skipper, but he is remaining hopeful that he can get into the England squad before the Euros this summer.