Charlie Austin has gone from bricklayer to lion.
The 25-year-old QPR striker, whose career began with stints at Kintbury Rangers, Hungerford Town and Poole Town, has earned his first England call-up.
And the cool storylines don’t stop there. Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, a verifiable tornado for the Foxes, and Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton will join Austin and the Three Lions for next month’s matches against Slovenia and the Republic of Ireland.
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Spurs’ Ryan Mason gets another call-up, though Harry Kane was not named among England’s forward crop. Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck join Vardy and Austin.
Phil Jones and Chris Smalling make it a trio of Manchester United players on the roster, while Arsenal paces all Premier League squads with four call-ups.
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) Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).