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In-form Burnley striker Ashley Barnes handed international boost by Austria boss

Ashley Barnes has received a boost to his hopes of earning a first Austria call up.

Austria head coach Franco Foda watched the Burnley striker score and impress in the Clarets’ 3-0 win at crisis club West Ham on Saturday.

Barnes qualifies for Austria through his grandmother and has featured for their under-20s.

Foda said: “First of all it was very important for me to see him live in the flesh 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.

Barnes celebrates netting against Southampton last month

Barnes scored the opener against West Ham at the weekend

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

“There are many other details to be discusses. 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 very positive.”

Austria missed out on the World Cup but have an upcoming friendly double header against Slovenia and Luxembourg.

That will come too soon for Barnes who needs to hold an Austrian passport to be selected having only needed a FIFA granted permit to play for the under-20s.

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