Watford boss Walter Mazzarri admits he was disappointed Troy Deeney was not included in England’s squad for their upcoming matches against Germany and Lithuania.
Deeney has been in impressive form for the Hornets of late, scoring five goals in his last six Premier League appearances, taking his tally for the season to nine.
The 28-year-old’s chances of being included in England’s latest squad had appeared to have been boosted following injuries to Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge, but he was overlooked by boss Gareth Southgate, who named only three recognised forwards in his 26-man party.
Deeney’s admission has come as a surprise to Mazzarri, as he believes his captain’s current form means he thoroughly deserves international recognition.
“You should ask the England manager these questions,” Mazzarri told the Hertfordshire Mercury when asked why Deeney had been excluded.
“All I can say is that for me he always plays and at this moment in time, Deeney is in his best form and scoring goals.”
The Italian joked the only way Deeney will earn a call-up to the England set-up is if he scores a hat-trick in every game, starting with this Saturday’s league clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Mazzarri added: “I do everything I can to help my team, so of course I’ll tell him from now on that he needs to score three goals in each game because one is not enough.”
Watford have failed to win any of their last three league games, but they are priced at 4.50 to buck that trend on Saturday, while Palace are available at 1.91 and the draw is on offer at 3.40.