England squad announced: Charlie Austin included

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QPR striker Charlie Austin has been included in Roy Hodgson's 24-man England squad to face the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia in June, reports BBC Sport.

The 25-year-old has scored 17 goals for the recently-relegated R's this season, a performance that has rewarded the forward with his first international call-up.

Joining Austin in his first call-up is Burnley's Tom Heaton and Leicester forward Jamie Vardy - the latter a particular surprise inclusion given his return of just four goals for Nigel Pearson's side.

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The hard-working Vardy, though, has been part of a Leicester team to defy the odds and cement their place in the Premier League next season, with the Foxes winning six of their last eight games to avoid relegation in the most dramatic of fashions.

Elsewhere, Theo Walcott - having recovered from cruciate ligament damage - returns to the squad while Ryan Bertrand replaces the injured Leighton Baines (ankle). Tottenham's Harry Kane has been ruled out due to under-21s duty.

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The Three Lions are unbeaten in nine games following a 4-0 win and 1-1 draw to Lithuania and Italy respectively in March, and play the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on June 7 before a Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia a week later.


Goalkeepers: Rob Green (Queens Park Rangers), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Forwards: Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

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