Southampton boss Claude Puel is hopeful that striker Charlie Austin’s good form is recognised by a call-up to the England squad.
The 27-year-old has enjoyed an impressive start to the new season and scored his fifth goal in four matches to set the Saints on their way to a comfortable 3-0 win at West Ham on Sunday afternoon.
Austin also set up Dusan Tadic to grab the second goal of the game at the London Stadium and haunted Hammers co-owner David Sullivan, who once claimed he did not try to sign him because of his injury record.
Austin was called up for the first time to the England team in May 2015 for a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland and a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Slovenia.
Then boss Roy Hodgson failed to give him any game time and he has never been involved with the national team since.
But with Tottenham’s Harry Kane out injured there is talk of an England call-up for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia in a fortnight, especially given boss Sam Allardyce’s assistant Sammy Lee was in the stands at the London Stadium.
And Puel said: “I hope Charlie can get the selection.
“It’s important for me and for the team that he scored with his first chance. This is a striker with confidence.”