Ash ready to Alp out Aus­tri­ans

Daily Mirror - - SPORT - BY ADRIAN KAJUMBA

ASH­LEY BARNES’ hopes of a call-up by Aus­tria have re­ceived a boost.

Aus­tria head coach Franco Foda saw the striker score in Burn­ley’s 3-0 win at West Ham on Satur­day.

Barnes, 28, qual­i­fies through his grand­mother and played for Aus­tria Un­der-20s in 2008.

Foda said: “It was very im­por­tant for me to see him live to judge his com­pet­i­tive qual­ity.

“Me and my staff were im­pressed. He can use ei­ther foot, phys­i­cally he is very present and makes a lot of good runs.

“He is also in­volved in ev­ery sin­gle of­fen­sive play. What can I say – he is a very good striker.

“There are many other de­tails. Is he el­i­gi­ble to play for Aus­tria? When can I in­volve him in my plans? We will see what the next weeks bring.

“Of course I speak to peo­ple about Barnes. There are sev­eral Aus­trian play­ers in the Premier League and the feed­back was pos­i­tive.”

Aus­tria missed out on the World Cup, but have friendlies com­ing up against Slove­nia and Lux­em­bourg. That will be too soon for Barnes, who needs an Aus­trian pass­port to be se­lected.

PEAK PRAC­TICE Barnes could turn out for Aus­tria

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