Kevin Gallen on what Austin must do to earn England call-up

The former Queens Park Rangers man has been discussing the 25-year-old's England future.

Ex-QPR forward Kevin Gallen feels Charlie Austin can earn himself an England call-up in the future - if he works on his link-up play outside the box.

Gallen, who played up front for the R's during two six-year-long spells, took to Twitter after the England squad was announced - with Tottenham's Harry Kane handed a place but not QPR's Austin.

And the 39-year-old believes the QPR striker is good enough to play for the Three Lions in terms of his penalty-box ability - but not with his skills outside the danger area.

Those who turn up at Loftus Road every other week will likely agree with the former QPR man. But, for those outraged at Austin's exclusion from Roy Hodgson's squad, the stats back up Gallen's argument.

  GoalsAssistsChances CreatedFinal-Third PassesPassing AccuracyMinutes Played
Charlie Austin 15 2 16 149 65% 2,259
Leroy Fer 4 2 40 220 80% 1,994
Niko Kranjcar 2 0 18 128 78% 980
Bobby Zamora 2 3 38 147 67% 1,313
Eduardo Vargas 1 2 14 110 75% 1,325
Joey Barton 0 1 43 177 74% 1,541
Mauricio Isla 0 2 27 159 76% 1,810

Indeed, as Opta stats show, goals aside, Austin is outranked by several of his QPR team-mates.

In terms of chances created, the likes of Leroy Fer and Joey Barton have almost achieved three times as much as the 25-year-old in the Premier League this season. Austin's final-third passing is also bettered by the likes of Barton, Fer and Mauricio Isla - while it is almost matched by Bobby Zamora.

Austin's overall passing accuracy, meanwhile, is a lowly 65 per cent.

Inside the box, then, the QPR ace is - to all intents and purposes - an England striker. But, outside it, 32-year-old Barton and the like have as good a chance of an international call-up...

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