Deeney turns down Reggae Boyz call-up because he has no real connection to Jamaica

By October 14, 2019
Watford FC captain Troy Deeney Watford FC captain Troy Deeney

Watford skipper Troy Deeney could play for the Reggae Boyz if he wanted to, and the country’s federation, The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has asked him as much.

Deeney has said ‘no’ to the potential of an international future despite the fact that on an international weekend like the one just gone, all his teammates head out for duty.

“I turned down Jamaica because I’ve never been there,” said Deeney.

Deeney hasn’t, like other overseas players born in Europe, needed to recreate a connection with the country because his family still very much lives on the island, but he has never been interested in that connection.

“I’ve got family that live there but it’s never interested me. Why would I go there and play football and represent a country I’ve never been to?” he said.

Deeney, a talismanic figure at Watford, has had a chequered career with the EPL side he joined 10 years ago.

According to Deeney, going to Watford at the time was the worst thing that could have happened to him.

Deeney says he never settled well because he only went to Watford for the money and that the football was secondary.

The burly striker says he wasted much of that money on alcohol. Drinking, he said, allowed him to forget all his problems.

The striker earned some consistency on the pitch in the last few years, ditching alcohol for time on the field.

Now, he plays football when he wants to forget his problems. Then he becomes the problem of those trying to stop him from scoring.

Despite the prospect of playing more football, Deeney is adamant that it wouldn’t be right to represent a country he doesn’t know.

“My nan and that live there, my uncles go out there all the time, but me personally, I have no interest to go there,” he said, saying if he were to have a change of heart, he would give all his earnings from playing in Jamaica back to the country.

“If I did do it, every bit of money I got from it I would then put back into Jamaica.”

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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