England hopes no part of Southampton move, says Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

The striker recently completed a move from Queens Park Rangers.

Speaking to TalkSport, Charlie Austin has insisted that his hopes of securing an England spot played no part in his move to Southampton.

The striker completed a move to the Saints last weekend, with Ronald Koeman’s side paying a bargain £4milllion to secure him from Queens Park Rangers.

There been suggestions that his move was motivated by a desire to make England’s squad for Euro 2016, as a number of performances in the Premier League would surely catch Roy Hodgson’s eye.

Austin though, has insisted that the national team played no part in his deciding to swap Loftus Road for St Mary’s.

“As much as I’d like to be a part of the Euros, it wasn’t part of my decision to be honest,’ he told Talksport.

“For footballing reasons it was a no-brainer to go to Southampton. They’re a club on the up and as soon as I heard they wanted to sign me, it changed my mind about not wanting to leave QPR.”

“If I can score goals for Southampton who knows what can happen in the future, but at the moment the Euros are at the back of my mind.”

While Austin has insisted that England played no part in his move to Southampton, he must surely fancy his chances of making the squad.

The national side is currently short up front, with only Jamie Vardy having been a regular goalscorer this season while the likes of Wayne Rooney have struggled in contrast.

With Daniel Sturridge yet to get fit, and Danny Welbeck still to return from injury, there is a chance for someone to claim a place and with ten goals to his name already this season, Austin must be among those in contention.

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