Former Newcastle United and England boss Steve McClaren has told Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club that he believes Southampton striker Charlie Austin is good enough to play for England.
McClaren also revealed that he tried to sign the former QPR man for Newcastle when he managed the Magpies last season.
Austin has been on fine form for the Saints so far this season, managing five goals in his last five appearances.
McClaren, who worked with the striker for a brief stint at QPR, said Austin was “fantastic, a great kid and a goal scorer.”
He added: “When I was at Newcastle, I tried to get him there.”
McClaren’s comments suggest Newcastle were one of the clubs who rivalled Southampton for the striker before he moved to the South Coast for £4m in January 2016.
Austin initially struggled with form and injuries when he joined the St. Mary’s outfit. But he has taken advantage of the summer to get fit and now seems to be a key part of Claude Puel’s plans.
The 27-year-old will be hoping to get back to the form for QPR that brought him 18 goals in his debut season in the top flight.