ASHLEY Barnes revealed he’d had no contact from Austria despite national coach Franco Foda watching him in person on Saturday.
The striker qualifies for Austria through his grandmother and has been capped once at Under-20 level a decade ago.
But Barnes’ recent form the Clarets has seen the spotlight fall on him and Foda Travelled to the London Stadium at the weekend to cast an eye over the 28-year-old, as well as West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic.
Barnes rattled in his third goal in as many games in the win over the Hammers, taking his tally to seven for the season, and has done his chances of a first international call no harm, with Austria set to play friendlies with Slovenia and Luxembourg during the international break this month.
But asked if he’d had any contact with Foda or the Austrian association, the striker said: “Nothing whatsoever. All I can do is keep answering on the pitch and what will be will be.
“My first concern is Burnley Football Club and as long as we win, that’s something else that either happens or doesn’t.”
Barnes is certainly doing his talking on the pitch at the moment, with his recent goal glut taking him to 17 in the Premier League for Burnley.
Many of the seven he has netted this term have been impressive, but he believes the stunning strike from the edge of the box at the London Stadium was the best yet.
“Woody made a great run and held the ball up well. I was there for the support and I hit it, I thought I hit it sweetly and lucky enough it’s gone in the net,” he said.
“It was probably the best so far this season and hopefully I’ve got more to come before the end of the season.”
But Barnes had plenty of praise for his teammates as well.
“Woody came on and made a massive impact, but it wasn’t just him – it was everyone,” he added.
“I think the save from Nick Pope in the first half was the game-changer.
“We came out with the victory all because of the save. That goes in and it’s a different ball-game. He’s done that all season.”
Barnes and Wood have now scored 14 between them this season and have scored five together in their last 75 minutes of action, rekindling a partnership first witnessed in League One with Brighton seven years ago.
“We’ve worked well together before. Now Woody is here and hopefully we can do that again, long may it continue,” Barnes said.
“Woody offers that presence, he can hold the ball up very well and he can run in behind.”
Source : LancashireTelegraph