Five players you didn’t realise went from non-league to Premier League

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Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney

A failed Aston Villa youth player, Troy Deeney was on the verge of ending his short-lived football career to become a builder in his early days.

Deeney took on an apprentishop as a builder whilst continuing to play for non-league side Chelmsley Town before being noticed by League One team Walsall. His success in the lower league’s saw Watford pay a £250k fee for his services and the forward has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Now in contention for an England call-up, Deeney proves once again that people are capable of reaching the top if they have the talent and commitment.

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