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My Footballing Hero: Troy Deeney

With England in action in the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, delved through the archives to find out which English striker Troy Deeney admires.

“I never really had a footballing hero when I was younger – I didn’t sit around too much and watch football – but the older you get, you start hearing certain names.

“I remember watching Ian Wright on ‘This Is Your Life’,” Deeney said. “The programme with the big red book. I watched it when I was about 13 or 14 and I remember thinking not only does he play football, but he’s similar to people around my area in terms of his background story.

“He was a hell of a finisher and I’m fortunate that I can call him a friend now. I can pick up the phone and I know he’ll answer. We don’t necessarily talk about footballing tips, more life skills. I never had an older figure to talk to, but he’s obviously been in the industry and he knows what it’s all about.

Ian Wright attended the Troy Deeney Foundation Golf Day in 2017

“He speaks well and we’re similar in terms of personality. We’re both opinionated and we’re not too scared to say what we think.” he told the club's matchday programme.

England face Croatia in the semi-finals tonight at 7pm.

First Team 1 week ago

GT Matchday: Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for The Graham Taylor Matchday - which will see Watford host Italian Serie A side Sampdoria at Vicarage Road - are now on general sale.

The Hornets' final pre-season fixture ahead of the 2018/19 campaign will be played on Saturday August 4 at 3pm.

Tickets are available online at and are priced as follows:

Adult £12
65 & Over £9
Full-Time Student £6
18 & Under £3

Sales will begin in the Sir Elton John Stand, with further stands opening depending on sales.

Visiting Sampdoria fans will be accommodated in the usual east side of the Vicarage Road Stand.

A statue of Graham Taylor OBE will be unveiled before the game, with the exact time and location of the ceremony to be announced shortly.