QPR striker Austin in line for England call-up

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin is in the frame for a first call-up to the senior England side, the Daily Mail has reported.

Austin has claimed 17 Premier League goals this season despite QPR spending the majority of the campaign at the wrong end of the table, the London club sitting 18th, two points from safety, with five games left to go.

It’s reported that Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson will turn to Austin for England’s summer international fixtures as Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will be unavailable. Kane, who made his England debut in the last round of games, scoring on his debut in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania, will be with Gareth Southgate’s England Under-21 side at the Euro Under-21 Championships in Israel.

The senior England side have a friendly against the Republic of Ireland on June 7 and travel for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia on June 14. Hodgson and his assistant Ray Lewington are expected to keep an eye on Austin between now and the summer.

Austin has been at QPR since a 2013 move from Burnley, scoring 37 goals in 67 games for the club, including 20 in his first season as QPR were promoted from the Championship. Prior to Burnley Austin was at Swindon Town, having played non-league football early in his career.

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