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Slavisa Jokanovic backs Watford's Troy Deeney to win England call-up

Slavisa Jokanovic backs Watford's Troy Deeney to win England call-up
Fulham manager Jokanovic will come up against Deeney and the Hornets on Saturday.

Troy Deeney deserves an England call-up thanks to his "positive evolution" in the Premier League, according to former Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic.

Fulham manager Jokanovic will come up against Deeney and the Hornets in Saturday's league clash at Craven Cottage, and he hailed the Watford hitman's consistent top-flight progress.

Deeney has been open about his frustrations on missing out on England selection, especially after boss Gareth Southgate vowed only to pick players featuring regularly for their clubs.

Jokanovic managed Deeney in his single season as Watford boss in 2014, and has backed the 30-year-old to cope if thrust into the international arena.

"He's strong and a big character, and sometimes it's not easy to deal with him," said Jokanovic of Deeney, who has 30 goals and 14 assists in 109 Premier League appearances.

"He has had a positive evolution in the last few years. Really he can be an option for the England national team.

"He had a great season when I worked him with, and his dedication is very high."

Jokanovic rejected suggestions that Deeney is a throwback style centre forward, insisting he has developed his game enough to cope in England colours.

The Fulham boss admitted current Craven Cottage target man Aleksandar Mitrovic boasts similar attributes to Deeney – but again refused to impose limits on the Serbia star's abilities.

"Old-fashioned, I don't know about old-fashioned," said Jokanovic, of Deeney.

"Probably we could judge Aleksandar Mitrovic like an old-fashioned player.

"But he's already a good player, with a great character who is up for the fight.

"I like this kind of player. I can be an old-fashioned coach too. I think Troy Deeney can play at the highest level.

"He has a few seasons in the Premier League behind him, and he has always shown high quality.

"Other players have different characteristics but for Troy Deeney he's not easy to handle.

"He's definitely an unusual player and you can use him in different ways.

"My point for you is he's a player who can have at some point a chance to play for England.

"I'm happy with Mitrovic: he's a new style, old-style player. I try to find balances between styles of players.

"Deeney and Mitrovic are both very good players. It depends how you want to play.

"Mitrovic is not the kind of guy who you send chasing the ball and running in behind. You have to play a certain way with that kind of player."


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