With England coaches Gary Neville and Ray Lewington in attendance, Saido Berahino made the most of his opportunity.
Berahino scored twice in the Baggies 4-0 win over Burnley, increasing his goal total to five on the season. Only 21 years old, that makes Berahino the leading English goal scorer in the Premier League.
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Born in Burundi, Berahino moved to England when he was ten years old and has represented the Three Lions internationally since his youth. After a few loan spells, he found his way into the starting lineup for West Brom last season, where he scored five goals, including the game winner at Manchester United.
Albion coach Alan Irvine praised the young striker, saying his time will come for his first full international cap.
If he keeps on playing like that and scoring goals he’ll get all those rewards. I don’t think Roy will be thinking he’s too young, he’ll put him in if he thinks he’s the best player in the position.”
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Berahino may be finding his form at the perfect time, as Roy Hodgson has begun to usher in the new era of English football. After bringing a young squad to the World Cup this summer, more young talents like Berahino will have an opportunity to prove themselves for England. In 11 appearances for the England U21 side, Berahino has scored eight goals.
If Berahino continues to develop into a top Premier League striker, he’ll be receiving a call from Roy Hodgson. Adding in more young talent to a squad that includes Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling, and the future is looking bright for English football.