Austria coach Franco Foda admits Ashley Barnes is an “interesting player” and hopes to be able to call the Burnley star up in 2019. Foda has been over to England to watch Barnes, who played for Austria Under-20s 10 years ago and qualifies for the nation through his grandmother.
Ahead of Austria’s Uefa Nations League match against Northern Ireland on Sunday, Foda said they are processing the paperwork to make the 29-year-old, who was born in England, eligible.
But the coach was unwilling to put a date on when he expected it to be complete.
He told reporters: “Ashley Barnes is a very interesting player. We’ve been in contact with him but we need to finalise some last things about this.
“We will see (about March, the next international period). We need to see if it will work. We will see in March how it is going and decide then.”