Watford striker Troy Deeney nonplussed over missing out on an England call

first_img The Watford forward has occasionally impressed, despite not scoring so far this season, since their promotion to the Barclays Premier League but was overlooked by manager Roy Hodgson, who instead called up Danny Ings and Jamie Vardy to compliment regular internationals Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Harry Kane, for his latest squad. The return to fitness of Daniel Sturridge and Jay Rodriguez, coupled with the anticipated return of Danny Welbeck, will likely further diminish his chances of international football, but, speaking ahead of Watford’s Premier League fixture at Bournemouth on Saturday, Deeney has insisted that he does not feel he should be involved. “I leave work and I’m with my family and I’m trying to be a better family man. “If you remember on the pitch (after Watford lost in the 2013 Championship play-off final to Crystal Palace), I’m the only one who’s not lying down, sulking, I’m trying to get other people up and clapping the other team. “It’s football. Was I annoyed? Very much so. Did it annoy my summer? Very much so. But you can’t change anything, so all you can do is work harder and get ready for the next one.” “Unless it’s off my mum, then no, I wasn’t expecting a call,” said Deeney, 27. “I don’t think I’ve done enough to warrant an England call-up just yet.” Deeney’s honest attitude is significantly different to that usually witnessed in the Premier League, but, for all that he played down his international credentials, in an era in which there have long been concerns that others underperform because of the pressure they feel while wearing an England shirt, the forward’s refusal to be affected by the result or if he misses a goalscoring chance may have proved a strength. “Personally, I don’t really care if I miss a chance, to be honest,” Deeney said. “It doesn’t affect how I play so as long as I play well and the manager still picks me and the team still appreciate what I’m doing then that’s all that matters to me. “I’m in a good place. There’s only going to be three outcomes: win, lose or draw. I’m still gonna live, I’m still happy. I don’t really get stressed by football. “I’ve got two kids that won’t allow me to think about football too long. “I’ve got a 10-month old who’s learning how to walk upstairs. I’m involved in the game, emotionally involved in the game, but as soon as I leave work… “Like when you leave work, you don’t sit at home typing for no reason you’re with your family. Troy Deeney has dismissed suggestions that he deserved to be included in the latest England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers with Estonia and Lithuania. Press Associationlast_img read more

Monster black hole born shortly after big bang

first_imgAll galaxies are thought to have supermassive black holes at their center. These start out small—with masses equivalent to between 100 and 100,000 suns—and build up over time by consuming the gas, dust, and stars around them or by merging with other black holes to reach sizes measured in millions or billions of solar masses. Such binge eating usually takes billions of years, but a team of astronomers was stunned to discover what is, in galactic terms, a monstrous baby: a gigantic black hole of 12 billion solar masses in a barely newborn galaxy, just 875 million years after the big bang. The researchers report online in Nature today that they were scouring through several astronomical surveys looking for bright objects in the very early universe called quasars, galaxies that burn very bright because their central black holes are consuming material so fast. The monster they found (depicted in this artist’s impression) is roughly 3000 times the size of our Milky Way’s central black hole. To have grown to such a size in so short a time, it must have been munching matter at close to the maximum physically possible rate for most of its existence. Its large size and rate of consumption also makes it the brightest object in that distant era, and astronomers can use its bright light to study the composition of the early universe: how much of the original hydrogen and helium from the big bang had been forged into heavier elements in the furnaces of stars.last_img read more