Danny Higginbotham explains why Charlie Austin should have been picked ahead of Rickie Lambert for England

Rickie Lambert

Former Manchester United and Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham claims that Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin merits a place in the England team ahead of Liverpool’s Rickie Lambert.

Former Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham believes that Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin should have been picked ahead of Liverpool’s Rickie Lambert for the England national team.

Writing in The Independent, the ex-Stoke City and Southampton man explained: "How can Austin not be picked when Rickie Lambert – a player who is so clearly short of confidence – makes the squad? Lambert’s selection stems from the fact that there are fashionable squads when England come calling.

"If Lambert were struggling to make the Southampton team, I don’t believe he would be selected, but because he is at Liverpool he gets the nod."

One cannot help but agree with Higginbotham, at least on the part of Austin being more deserving than Lambert of a place in the England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and the friendly against Scotland.

In 10 Premier League appearances so far this season, 25-year-old QPR striker has scored six goals and created four chances, while having a 63% pass accuracy and a 57% shot accuracy.

Meanwhile, £4 million summer signing Lambert has struggled to get much playing time for Liverpool so far this campaign.

The 32-year-old has yet to find the target in the Premier League, while creating just two chances in nine league appearances.

Austin has certainly looked more confident and better on the pitch, and he is seven years younger than Lambert as well.

Not so long ago QPR midfielder Joey Barton said that Roy Hodgson should have picked Austin ahead of Lambert (click here to read more), and it seems that he has backing of Higginbotham.

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