Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin\'s domestic form for QPR has not been enough to secure a first England cap Getty Images

Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey believes Charlie Austin has done more than Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane this season as the latter celebrates his first senior international call-up for England.

Both strikers have been pivotal to the fortunes of their respective clubs in recent months, with Kane notching 16 Premier League goals and Austin spearheading Rangers' bid for survival with 15 strikes in 26 top-flight appearances.

However, despite their similar records, Kane was named alongside fellow frontmen Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge in Roy Hodgson's squad for the upcoming matches against Lithuania and Italy, while Austin was left to ponder just what more he could have done to earn selection.

"Charlie has been fantastic this season," Ramsey, who was a coach at Tottenham for several years before departing White Hart Lane in 2014, was quoted as saying by the Daily Express prior to his side's upcoming clash with fellow strugglers Everton.

"I think he has done more than Harry Kane because he is in a team which is struggling. Charlie's work rate is unbelievable and he has the uncoachable thing, which is scoring goals. He's the kind of quality player who will shine wherever he plays."

Kane was understandably delighted with his inclusion in the England party, taking to Twitter to state: "Huge honour to be called up to the England squad! Very proud day for me and my family! Thank you all for the kind messages! #England"


Austin, who will need to be on top form during the remaining weeks of the season if QPR are to stand any chance of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship, was not the only controversial omission from Hodgson's latest squad.

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell, Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason, Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand and Manchester United's Ashley Young were among the players thought to have been worthy of a place while the selections of Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling, Kieran Gibbs, Andros Townsend and Luke Shaw, despite a lack of convincing form, are certainly open to considerable debate.

Group E leaders England welcome Lithuania to Wembley on 27 March as they continue their straightforward pursuit of qualification for Euro 2016 before travelling to Turin for a friendly against Italy four days later.