Charlie Austin backed West Ham United ace Michail Antonio for an England call-up, when speaking on talkSPORT yesterday afternoon.

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The 30-year-old attacker has been in fine form for the Hammers over the past 12 months or so.

Antonio has everything David Moyes looks for in a centre-forward.

He is strong, powerful both with and without the ball and has explosive pace.

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The former Nottingham Forest ace has scored 16 goals in his last 28 Premier League for West Ham.

Not bad for a converted striker!

Charlie Austin backs West Ham ace Michail Antonio for England

The 30-year-old often gets overlooked by people outside of the London Stadium, however.

QPR striker Charlie Austin appreciates the Hammers star, however.

He told talkSPORT how Antonio offers something completely different to any other striker in contention for the England squad:

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“He offers something completely different; strong, powerful and can run in behind. He’s a defender’s nightmare! I don’t think anyone in the Premier League would like to play against him. He would be a long shot to get in the England side. But is he completely different to everyone else? I think so.”

England manager Gareth Southgate has a wealth of attacking talent to choose from ahead of the Euro’s this summer.

Austin is right though. Antonio does offer something completely different.

It still feels like Michy will have to do something incredible to force his way into Southgate’s squad, however.

Perhaps if he scores eight or nine goals in West Ham’s final 12 games of the season, he will give the Three Lions boss a really tough decision to make.

We all appreciate Antonio in east London. Thankfully, someone outside has now highlighted his quality as well. Cheers Charlie!

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