Arsenal legend Ian Wright has offered his advice to West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, following calls for the in-form 21-year-old to be handed a spot in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for next month’s European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.
Berahino is the leading English goalscorer in the Premier League at present, having netted four times in six games, with a brace in Sunday’s comfortable 4-0 home win over Burnley earning him particular praise from fans and the media alike.
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With England short on established options up top, Wright believes the under-21 international should be given a chance to demonstrate his worth, but stresses that he will have to remain focussed in order to fulfil his potential.
‘It’s all about focusing on your game and working on the weaker aspects as much as the strong points,’ he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘You’ve got to eat right, live right and want to achieve and be motivated to win things – the money will come with that.
‘If you’re focused on working hard and improving yourself as player, and then ultimately as a person, you will get all the money you want. That’s all it comes down to really – hard work.
‘He’s ready and Sturridge is injured, so it’s one of those cases where you bring him in and see how he reacts to being around the national team, and see what he’s like with the rest of the guys,’ he added.
‘Plus, when you play with better players your game raises as well. We’ve got to find out who else can come in and do a job, because it’s just Sturridge and Danny Welbeck at the moment.
‘We need to find other options and Berahino might be one of them.’