Could Burundi-born Saido Berahino gatecrash England's World Cup squad?
The Daily Mail reports that England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino is likely to be called up to the full England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany later this month.
England supremo Roy Hodgson, who worked with the youngster at the Hawthorns before he took over the national team, is keen to reward the striker for his impressive form, which culminated in a sixth goal in nine games this season. Berahino, who scored the opener against Crystal Palace last weekend, as well as the match winner in the Baggies visit to Old Trafford earlier this year, has a strong goalscoring record at youth level for the Three Lions, with an especially impressive four goals in three games for the Under-21 side.
Hodgson stated after the recent Wembley matches that ensured World Cup qualification that he would likely give some younger players the chance to impress in these November games. And Berahino is one player the FA will want to tie to England, especially as he could still qualify to play for Burundi, his country of birth.
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