Charlie Austin believes ‘football snobbery’ keeps Patrick Bamford out of Gareth Southgate’s England side after reflecting on his own experience with Roy Hodgson.
- Austin says ‘football snobbery’ kept him from earning an English cap
- He also believes Patrick Bamford from Leeds has been the victim of the same treatment
- Austin says England prefers bigger clubs and selection is about the ‘faces’
Charlie Austin is adamant that ‘football snobbery’ kept him from earning an English cap and claims that Patrick Bamford has been the victim of the same treatment.
Austin has questioned Gareth Southgate’s decision to call up Ollie Watkins over Bamford and has challenged England’s selection policy, claiming that players are more likely to be selected if they represent a larger club.
The QPR forward says he empathizes with the Leeds forward as he insists his experience in England “still hurts and disappoints him.”
QPR’s Austin says ‘football snobbery’ kept him from earning an English cap
Looking back on his own experience, Austin recalled his frustration when he was called up to a friendly against the Republic of Ireland and a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia, but he didn’t play in either.
He told TalkSPORT: ‘That still hurts me and disappoints me. I scored 18 Premier League goals for a relegated QPR team.
“To be rewarded with a call-up to England was great, but to be rewarded with an English cap would have ended an incredible year for me personally.
‘It just wasn’t meant to be. That’s probably one of the things I regret in my career.
“I haven’t spoken to Roy Hodgson since then. You have to make big decisions as the boss of England.
He also believes Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has been the victim of the same treatment
Austin believes players like Eric Dier have only been selected because they play for big clubs
When asked if he was making the decision personally, Austin admitted, “ At the time, I did. I’ve never had an explanation. I was not there for a happy conversation. I was there because I deserved to be there.
‘I almost got a call in March, the reason I didn’t was because Harry Kane did – and rightly so, look what he did.
At the time, he scored goals for Tottenham in the Premier League, but also in the Europa League. That’s where he found his form and scored 30 goals that year.
“I thought I showed enough at club football to get a call and enough to be rewarded with a cap.”
Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins (above) was selected over Leeds United’s Bamford for England
Austin believes he would have gotten an English cap if he played for a bigger club and says Bamford is going through the same turn of events.
When asked if playing for a Premier League would have increased his chances on the international stage, he said, ‘Correct. I think that goes against a lot of people.
‘That now goes against Patrick Bamford, because that is football snobbery. It’s just the way it is. Sometimes faces don’t fit.
‘Only me and Jamie (Vardy) there were fit because you had the Under-21 Championships going. There was actually no one else. ‘
Austin is adamant that ‘football snobbery’ still exists and says this can be demonstrated in Southgate’s England squad.
He said: ‘It’s hard to say. What did he do to avoid being summoned?
‘There is (favoritism for bigger clubs). Eric Dier has been called up, has he done enough to be called up? Or do you call him because he plays for Tottenham? ‘