Bobby Zamora got at least one wish granted in a terrible season for QPR.
The striker hoped team-mate Charlie Austin would get an England call-up and it came to pass in the squad named by head coach Roy Hodgson this morning.
Zamora even joked England should take him as well as part of an Rs ‘package deal’ to face Republic of Ireland and Slovenia next month.
Keeper Robert Green is also included for the second time in three months - despite the fact Rs were relegated to the Championship nearly two weeks ago.
It’s the first time in 22 years two in hoops will have the chance to don the Three Lions in the same team.
One of them, director of football, Les Ferdinand was the lucky man to break the news to top scorer Austin (see great new Charlie goals gallery). The other, Andy Sinton, is the latest new signing, returning to the club as ‘ambassador'.
Austin told the Rs official website: “Les congratulated me and told me how pleased he was for me.
“He also told me to go there and just be myself, don’t try to be anything else. That’s what I’ll go there and do.”
Austin was at his mum and dad’s family home in Bournemouth when he was told of his call-up, and he revealed: “My mum started crying when I told her.
“She was just so pleased and overwhelmed. To be honest, I can’t really put into words how I’m feeling, it’s not really sunk in yet.”
Zamora says his strike partner deserved the accolade.
“He’s answered everyone. Harry (Kane) goes to the U21s and frees up a space,” Zamora added.
“Maybe, Roy can do a package deal? I know Charlie’s not booked any holidays, and he’s desperate to pull on that shirt for England.”
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