Charlie Austin believes Michail Antonio is a ‘defender’s nightmare’ and ought to be in rivalry for a spot within the England squad on the rescheduled Euro 2020 event this summer season.
The West Ham striker has loved a wealthy vein of kind beneath David Moyes because the Scot returned to Stratford in December 2019, main the Hammers to the Champions League locations.
Since being transformed right into a centre-forward, the previous winger has 23 objective contributions in 33 Premier League begins because the starting of final season.
Regardless of his goalscoring prowess, the 30-year-old is but to make an look for the Three Lions and is even contemplating switching allegiance to Jamaica.
Antonio was known as as much as Sam Allardyce’s one and solely England squad in 2016 after an excellent debut season with the Hammers, however by no means made an look and has by no means been known as up by Southgate.
However with Jamaica doubtlessly able to pounce, Austin instructed Adrian Durham on Drivetime he feels as if the England boss could be lacking a trick by letting the previous Nottingham Forest ahead swap nationalities.
Austin stated: “He gives one thing fully completely different; sturdy, highly effective and may run in behind.
“He’s a defender’s nightmare! I don’t suppose anybody within the Premier League want to play towards him.
“He could be an extended shot to get within the England facet. However is he fully completely different to everybody else? I feel so.”
With Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane more likely to be the primary title on the staff sheet because the captain of the facet, Southgate will certainly be in search of an in a position deputy.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has 13 objectives from 22 Premier League video games this season, whereas Patrick Bamford has additionally performed his manner into rivalry with a sequence of sturdy performances from Leeds.
Nonetheless, when requested by Durham why the Hammers hit man was not in consideration, Austin admitted he couldn’t consider followers weren’t clamouring for the striker to be included on the revised Euro 2020 event this summer season.
He added: “He’s not there, he’s not on everybody’s lips! As a lot as he’s performing rather well for West Ham and West Ham as a staff are performing rather well, he’s simply not sadly somebody who involves the entrance of your thoughts.
“I really feel for him as a result of he’s performing. And we are going to quickly see in March if Gareth Southgate picks him or not.”
The England boss joined talkSPORT on Tuesday morning and admitted he could be choosing gamers persistently performing nicely on the highest degree.
With 12 video games of this congested season remaining, Antonio and the Hammers are dreaming of qualifying for the Champions League for the primary time within the membership’s historical past.