By Harvey Byrne
Harry Kane has been selected in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, but a number of fans have suggested on Twitter that Charlie Austin would have been a better option.
The 23-year-old Tottenham forward recovered from an ankle injury suffered in September to face Arsenal in Sunday’s north London derby.
He started the match and bagged a penalty, but it was noticeable from his display that he hadn’t seen any game time for almost two months with a number of heavy touches and short passes.
Fans believe that he should not have walked straight back into the national squad with in-form forward Charlie Austin a notable absentee from Southgate’s team, who has selected Kane, Marcus Rashford, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy instead.
? SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT ?
— England (@England) November 6, 2016
The 27-year-old Southampton striker has bagged eight goals in 14 appearances in all competitions for the south coast club this season and has been their main goal threat under manager Claude Puel
However, he won’t be making his national team debut with matches against Scotland and Spain coming up, much to the fans on social media disgust.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
PL goals this season:
Defoe & Austin = 11 goals
(Not in England squad)
Kane, Vardy, Rooney & Sturridge = 6 goals
(In England squad) pic.twitter.com/Ba1JQFLUDM
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) November 7, 2016
— Em (@OhWestLondon_) November 7, 2016
— Warren© (@bbc_2) November 7, 2016
@mattletiss7 it's laughable that Charlie Austin isn't in there and Vardy and Kane are.
— Dave Irvine (@daveirvine23) November 7, 2016
How is Charlie Austin not in the England team? But Kane just came back and goes straight in!!
— Jack Stanton (@jack_stanton1) November 7, 2016
I'm a Spurs fan & I even find it crazy how Kane walks straight back in that England side after 7 weeks out over Austin. He's been on fire!
— Sophie Hannah (@SophieThorpe) November 7, 2016
Gareth Southgate literally said "When you name the squad you're looking at current form" so that warrants Kane a place over Austin does it ?
— finn (@FinnSavage) November 7, 2016
England will face Scotland in their World Cup qualifying Group F at Wembley on Friday before taking on Spain at home for a friendly clash next Tuesday.
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