QPR striker Charlie Austin vows to remain level-headed

Queens Park Rangers Charlie Austin

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Charlie Austin is adamant that he is not thinking about an England call-up but is only focused on keeping QPR in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has been tipped to be included in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and friendly with Italy later this month after scoring 14 Premier League goals this term.

Spurs striker Harry Kane, who has also found the net 14 times in the league this season, is also being considered for a senior call-up by Hodgson, who may opt to experiment and look to the future as England’s place at the Euro 2016 finals already seems certain.

Austin, who moved to Loftus Road from Burnley for £4million in the summer of 2013, said: “I think I have to ignore the England talk just because I need to be level-headed and grounded.

“I need to keep scoring goals for QPR, that’s the main thing and then who knows what will happen in the future?
“At the moment I have one job and that is to try my best to keep QPR in the Premier League.”

Austin has more top-flight goals than the rest of the QPR squad put together this season, and has grabbed an impressive 31 for the club in just 54 league appearances since his arrival from Burnley.

Last season he found the net 17 times in 31 appearances for QPR as they clinched promotion from the Championship via the play-offs, beating Derby County in the Wembley final.

He also had a fine record for Burnley, finding the net 41 times in 82 league games for the Clarets.

QPR are available at 3.53 to beat Spurs on Saturday while a draw at Loftus Road can be backed at 3.55.

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