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QPR ace Austin humbled by England selection

Charlie Austin admitted it is a dream come true to be called up by the England national team.

The QPR striker, 25, was selected in the Three Lions squad for next month's friendly with the Republic of Ireland and Euro2016 qualifier with Slovenia.

Austin's 17 Premier League goals for the relegated R's landed him the call from Roy Hodgson and he told his club's official website that he was honoured to answer it.

"I am really pleased that I have been called up. Like everyone else, it's something I dreamt about as a kid - but it's one thing dreaming about it, and something else for it to actually happen," he said.

"It's really hard to put it into words. I have put in a lot of hard work this year, and luckily enough I have been rewarded with this call-up at the end of it.

"As a person and a player I feel I have grown up, both on and off the pitch. I have learnt a lot about myself.

"I have done everything I can to try and get into the squad, and now I'm really looking forward to it."

Austin joins fellow uncapped players Tom Heaton of Burnley and Jamie Vardy of Leicester City in the 24-man squad for the June double-header.

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