Austin: I wasn't surprised by England snub

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The Queens Park Rangers striker has scored 15 goals in the Premier League this season but was not selected for the games against Lithuania and Italy, though he remains relaxed

QPR striker Charlie Austin admits that he was not surprised to miss out on a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad to face Lithuania and Italy.

The 25-year-old has scored 15 goals this season, despite QPR's struggles, and was tipped in some quarters to gain full international honours this month, though he did not see his form rewarded.

Harry Kane did receive a call-up and came off the bench to score in the 4-0 win over Lithuania, and Austin concedes that the Tottenham striker could not be overlooked.

He told Soccer AM: "I think, if you look at the strikers, there are three who pick themselves. [Wayne] Rooney, [Daniel] Sturridge and [Danny] Welbeck.

"And then you are going to pick Harry Kane, the form he is in, he has been incredible this season. So no, I did not expect to be picked."

Austin, though, insists he will continue to fight to earn an England call-up, having been playing non-league football just six years ago.

"It was my dream six years ago, to progress myself through, and try to play as high as I can," he added.

"If you had said six years ago, 'you will be playing in the Premier League', I would have said you are being daft.

"It is every kid's dream to be a footballer and hopefully I can make the step into international football. That is what I am trying to do."

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