BBC Sport - England: Roy Hodgson explains Vardy and Austin decision

Hodgson on Vardy & Austin call-up

England manager Roy Hodgson explains why he has given first time call-ups for Leicester forward Jamie Vardy and QPR striker Charlie Austin.

Austin and Vardy get their chance, to play the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia in June, as Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has a hip injury, while Tottenham's Harry Kane, West Brom's Saido Berahino and Burnley's Danny Ings have been called up for the European Under-21 Championship squad.

Hodgson's side are top of Group E after winning all five qualifying games, six points clear of second-placed Slovenia as they aim to reach the tournament in France.

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