Charlie Austin confirms he rejected Premier League switch, comments on England chances

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The QPR striker was linked with the likes of Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace.

Austin spent the summer as one of the most in demand players in English football, and he has confirmed to talkSPORT that he personally rejected a Premier League transfer, knowing that it would affect his England international chances.

The prolific striker said: “I turned down a move which wasn’t right for me and my family. I knew what my chances were of getting in the England squad when I stayed in the Championship. There are others players doing it week in, week out in the Premier League. It is something I have had to take on board with my decision in the last three weeks.”

Austin rejected the chance to moving to the top flight, despite actually fielding an offer, from one of the interested clubs.

The Daily Mail claimed that West Ham, Newcastle and Spurs wanted to sign him, whilst the Independent believed that the offer was from Crystal Palace.

However, he opted against making the switch to the first division, and his international prospects have suffered.

Despite being called into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the post season friendlies, and already scoring four goals this season, the 26-year-old missed out on selection for the recent international break.

That is despite him scoring more league goals than all the other selected strikers combined. But they were in the Championship, so he was overlooked.

Austin may come to regret his decision not to make the move to the Premier League if he continues to be overlooked for England despite all the other players failing to perform, but if he continues to score as he has been doing, it would not come as a surprise to see him in the top flight next season anyway - with QPR.

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