Harry Redknapp: QPR star 'deserves' England call

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Harry Redknapp believes Charlie Austin’s Premier League goalscoring warrants an England call-up.

The 25-year-old forward took his seasonal tally up to five goals in nine games when he netted against Chelsea last weekend, with his improvised back-heel one of the strikes of the weekend.

The former non-league man has had to shoulder the goalscoring burden of the entire Rangers side - with no other member of the playing squad scoring more than once this season - and, although he has more goals than Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck this term, he was once again overlooked for selection for Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions squad for the upcoming international break.

Although Hodgson admitted that he would be looking to try out fringe players in the games with Slovenia and Scotland, with West Brom man Saido Berahino receiving his first senior call-up, the coach overlooked Austin, presumably due to the R’s low placing in the Premier League. Tottenham and QPR legend Les Ferdinand was the last man to receive international honours for England whilst based at Loftus Road, and Harry Redknapp is confident that Austin’s form will allow him to be the man to break that record - which has existed since the 1990’s.

Speaking to London24, Redknapp said: “Charlie’s improving and if he keeps scoring goals there’s no reason why he can’t play for England in the future.

“He’s a great lad, he’s got a good attitude, he comes in every day wanting to work and with a smile on his face and wanting to be a footballer.

“He’s had it hard, he used to get up early in the morning to do bricklaying in the middle of winter and I think he realises how fortunate he is.

“He loves it and he deserves it - if he keeps scoring goals and keeps improving his game there’s no reason why he couldn’t make the breakthrough.”

Despite being rejected in favour of Liverpool man Lambert - who has just one start under his belt this campaign - Austin will be hoping that he can follow in the footsteps of the former Southampton man - and make the step from non-league to international scene.

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