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1718 burnley ashley barnes 00 500x500Ashley Barnes won’t be in the Austrian squad for their forthcoming friendlies against Slovenia and Luxembourg because he doesn’t hold an Austrian passport.

Barnes has, apparently, indicated there has been no contact with Austria but their coach Franko Foda has told Sky in Austria that he hopes the Clarets’ striker will be able to join up with them in the near future. He said: “I went to see him against West Ham at the weekend for the first time. He did a really good job by scoring a goal.

“Me and my staff were impressed. He can use either foot, is physically very present and makes a lot of good runs. He was also involved in every single offensive play. What can I say? He is a very good striker.

“It was very important for me to see him live in the flesh to judge his competitive quality. Now there are many other details to be discussed. Is he eligible to play for Austria? When can I involve him in my plans? We will see what the next weeks may bring.

“I talked to people about Barnes. There are several Austrian players in the Premier League. The feedback was very positive.

Barnes is from Somerset but his grandmother was born in Klagenfurt in Austria and he represented Austria at under-20 level almost ten years ago after being granted a permit by FIFA.

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