QPR's Rob Green backs Charlie Austin's claims to England place

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Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Rob Green admits Charlie Austin is 'living the dream' and understands calls for him to make the England squad.

A quick look through the Premier League scoring charts shows that Queens Park Rangers frontman Charlie Austin remains the leading Englishman.

Only three players – Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal superstars Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez – have found the target on more occasions than the Loftus Road striker.

He has eight for the season, for a side struggling towards the wrong end of the top-flight table.

Given that he also plundered 17 goals during a successful Championship promotion push last term, and netted 41 times for Burnley in the two seasons prior to that, Austin is proving himself to be quite the marksman.

His efforts have yet to catch the eye of England boss Roy Hodgson, but calls for him to be handed an international opportunity are mounting in intensity.

His colleagues at QPR have been among those leading that campaign, with Rob Green – a man with 12 caps to his name – of the opinion that Austin would not look out of place at the highest level.

He told Sky Sports: “He’s been great. He’s carried on where he was last season. He won Player of the Year last season, scored a lot of goals and he’s not done anything that we didn’t expect him to do. He’s been in fantastic form and scoring goals.

“The question was, ‘Can he do it in the Premier League?’ Everybody at the club knew the answer and it’s just a case of him then doing it during the season. Some of the goals he has been scoring have been fantastic.

“He falls into the same category as Ross Barkley – he scores some goals in the Premier League and people start this campaign of getting him in the England squad. But, he’s in form and he will just keep doing what he’s doing. He’s a genuine lad, he loves playing football, he’s come up through the divisions from non-league, so he’s living the dream.”

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttAppearancesMins Played
Charlie Austin 8 48 20 14 1,194

Austin was playing non-league football for Poole Town as recently as 2009, but has enjoyed a remarkable rise since being offered a shot at the big time by Swindon Town.

He has forged a reputation as a hard-working forward who is prepared to do a lot of running and tracking back which can often go unnoticed.

His value is not lost on Harry Redknapp and QPR will be looking to him – possibly with a January addition alongside him to lend a hand – to help fire the capital outfit to Premier League survival.

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