Why Burnley forward Ashley Barnes’ Austrian dream is over

Barnes will not play for Austria

Earlier this week it was reported that Ashley Barnes was on the verge of being able to play for the Austrian national team.

Austria have two Euro 2020 qualifiers coming up in March vs Poland and Israel.

Austria were drawn in Group G for the Euro 2020 qualifiers along with Macedonia, Israel, Poland, Latvia and Slovenia.

They were hopeful of having the Burnley forward in their side for their next two games.

However, Austrian outfit Laola1 have on Wednesday reported that Barnes was denied the right to play for Austria.

One of Barnes’ grandmothers lived in Austria and he also featured for their under-20 side over 11 years ago.

On Barnes’ Austrian citizenship, Laola1 wrote:

The award of Austrian citizenship was therefore bound by strict criteria. Barnes does not fulfill them, according to the ministry, according to a press release.

The full list of criteria needed to play for Austria can be found in the Laola1 article.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley looks on prior to the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on November 26, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Burnley’s unbeaten run ends

As well as not being able to play for Austria, Barnes also suffered a blow at club level on Tuesday.

Burnley had been on an eight-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, including a 2-1 win over Tottenham.

However, they then took on Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United side and lost 2-0 thanks to goals from Fabian Schar and Sean Longstaff.

The Clarets are now 15th in the Premier League and six points above the relegation zone.

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