Burnley striker Ashley Barnes admits desire to play for Austria

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The striker was born in Bath, but has played for the Austria under-20 side.

Burnley's Ashley Barnes in actionBurnley's Ashley Barnes in action

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes has confirmed his hopes of playing senior international football. However, the Somerset-lad is not talking about England but rather the Austria national team.

The 27-year-old Clarets striker was discussing his international hopes with Spox. Despite not speaking any German the attacker qualifies for Austria through his grandmother, who is from Klagenfurt. He still has relatives in Austria and confirmed he would love to play for the senior national team:

“No, I have not heard or talked to anyone. You are the first person I have been talking about (playing for Austria) for a long time.

Of course, I want to play for you, no question! Although I have only played a friendly for the Austrian U20, I could theoretically play for England, but I would not reject a call-up.

“Maybe it'll work out! If I continue to perform well, I would not know what should stand in the way of a call-up. Perhaps (Austria coach) Marcel Koller will now take a closer look at me.”

The Burnley man has represented Austria before.

The Bath-born striker played for the Austria under-20 side in a fixture against Switzerland back in 2008, whilst impressing out on loan at Eastbourne Borough from Plymouth Argyle.

Burnley's Ashley Barnes in action with Southampton's Cedric SoaresBurnley's Ashley Barnes in action with Southampton's Cedric Soares

Undoubtedly, being a Premier League striker, he has a good chance of realising this Austria ambition.

Austria are not blessed with a litany of striking options and not many are playing at a higher level than the Burnley striker. With main striker Marc Janko now 33-years-old opportunities might be on the horizon.

If he can add some more goals to his game this season then perhaps Austria will have no choice but to consider giving Barnes a try in their upcoming fixtures.

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