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 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.

Related items

  • KC join Clarendon in final after penalty win over JC KC join Clarendon in final after penalty win over JC

    Kingston College (KC) are through to the final of the ISSA Champions Cup after a dower affair against Jamaica College (JC) ended in penalties at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

    There was a flurry of chances when the game just began but the quality of football dipped with the increasing intensity of the rain. With first-half action coming to an end, KC struck. A long ball played out from the back by the unusually deep Jahmari Morrison was poorly cleared by Nickache Murray, when the sliced clearance fell, it was Demario McCarthy who was first to it and his sliding effort was struck perfectly to give KC a 1-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

    It seemed that would be all she wrote for JC because truth be told, they hadn’t looked likely to trouble the KC backline too much.

    That changed with the game winding down and in driving rain, JC got a corner in the 83rd minute.

    KC cleared partially cleared that corner but it fell kindly to a JC boot. A shot from that boot ricocheted to the left side of the field where a JC player dismissed his marker and whipped in a beautiful cross for Shadae Lopez to head into the far corner.

    JC had their tails up and KC had some hair-raising moments after that.

    But time would run out on JC and they would have to try to do it from the penalty spot.

    KC missed their first two penalties but JC could not maintain their lead, striking the woodwork with one penalty and then seeing another saved.

    The Manning Cup champions began striking their penalties more confidently and JC folded under the pressure to end up 3-2 losers.

    KC will now face Clarendon College who had things go all their way in their semi-final against Clarendon College, winning 3-0.

  • Clarendon College make light work of defending champs, head to final Clarendon College make light work of defending champs, head to final

    There still won’t be a successful title defence of the ISSA Champions Cup after Clarendon College comfortably dealt with the final-four challenge from Cornwall College inside the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

  • Belgium puzzler as Boyata appears in Batshuayi shirt Belgium puzzler as Boyata appears in Batshuayi shirt

    Belgium defender Dedryck Boyata bizarrely played in Michy Batshuayi's shirt for part of the Euro 2020 qualifier against Russia on Saturday.

    Belgium won the match 4-1 to clinch top spot in Group I and substitute striker Batshuayi spent most of the contest on the bench, although onlookers spotted Boyata wearing his number 23 shirt at the start of the second half.

    The mix-up was noticed by match officials around 10 minutes after the interval, and defender Boyata swapped to the correct shirt bearing his own name.

    Chelsea forward Batshuayi, who came on for the closing 13 minutes, joked on Twitter: "He realised his dream"

    Boyata also saw the funny side, and the Hertha Berlin defender posted a picture of himself in the wrong top on Instagram, along with three laughter emojis.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.