England Legend Claims Premier League Star Doesn’t Deserve National Team Call Up

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In form QPR striker Charlie Austin should not be given an England call up says 62-cap international star Chris Waddle…

Former Tottenham star Chris Waddle doesn’t think Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin is ready for an England call up just yet, reports the Daily Star.

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Austin is the top scoring Englishman in the Premier League this season, with the former Burnley man ensuring QPR stay out of the relegation zone with a number of vital goals.

He is a real poacher, and is absolutely deadly in the six yard box. His positioning and work-rate are extremely impressive, and if he continues in this vein of form than he has every right to expect an England call up.

Experienced ex-England star Chris Waddle thinks he needs more time however, and believes Austin is still a long way from being ready for the international stage.

“Because he’s English and we don’t have many strikers to choose from, Charlie Austin suddenly comes to the front,” said Waddle.

“But international football is completely different to the Premier League.

“You don’t get thousands of balls fizzing in the box every game. It doesn’t work like that. So you have to think can Charlie Austin hold the ball up? Can he link the play up? Is he that type or a get-the-ball-in-the-box striker?

“If England play one up front, he’ll have to hold ball up more. Is that his game? We don’t know because we haven’t seen it yet.”

Despite what Waddle says, Austin has at times been used as a lone striker for QPR this season; and he has impressed. With 12 goals this campaign already, he is certainly in fantastic form. And at 25-years-old he is in his prime and needs to at least be considered for a role with England.

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