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Austin skived off building site for footy.

Byline: ALEX CROOK

ENGLAND new boy Charlie Austin used to skive off work as a bricklayer to practise his shooting skills, his best pal has revealed.

Austin (below) had a day job on dad Fred's building site while earning [euro]110-a-week turning out for non-league Poole Town only six years ago.

The QPR hot-shot is set to complete his amazing rise from the rubble by making his Three Lions debut against the Republic of Ireland today.

Friend Micky Hubbard, who played alongside Austin for Dorset part-timers Poole, said: "I do not think Charlie was a great bricklayer.

"There were quite a few days when he did not turn up because he was off practising his finishing. It used to drive his old man mad."

Hubbard will be best man at Austin's wedding when he marries long-term partner Bianca in Berkshire this summer.

e But Hubbard has revealed that Austin, who banged in 46 goals in 46 games in his first season at Poole, is not as prolific at getting the drinks in as he is at scoring.

Hubbard, who will be among the crowd at the Aviva Stadium, joked: "He is quite stingy to be honest. He will always duck out of buying a round at the bar if he can.

"In all seriousness there is nothing flash about Charlie. When he played for Poole he used to drive a clapped out Ford Cortina.

"He loves his family and friends and is not your stereotypical Premier League footballer.

"It all seems a bit surreal Charlie is going to be playing for England and I cannot quite comprehend it. I will be very emotional."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jun 7, 2015
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