West Brom youngster pushing for England call-up

Saido Berahino

West Brom striker Saido Berahino says he is desperately pushing for his first senior England call-up.

The 21-year-old is hoping that his lively start to the new Premier League season will help to catch the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson.

Berahino has featured at every youth level for England from the under-16s up to the under 21s, and says it is one of his life ambitions to receive a senior squad call-up.

The Baggies youngster told Drivetime: “[Playing for England] is one of my ambitions. I’m always trying to push myself and make sure I give myself a chance so, when opportunities do come, I’m ready for it."

"In every game I go out there and do my best and show people what I’m about."

“I will let it [a call-up] be decided by the staff of the senior side. I’m just trying to do well for my club and obviously I get the chance to play for the Under-21s, which I really feel honoured to do."

The likes of Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Callum Chambers have received jumps to the England first-team in recent times, and Berahino insists the under-21s take inspiration from the success stories of their fellow countryman.

He added: "If a chance does come with the seniors I will take it with both hands as that’s ultimately the goal. I’ll be performing every weekend to try and get into that team."

“A few of the youngsters that have started I have started with in the Under-21s have gone on and pushed on and some of us who are still in the Under-21s are looking up to them and thinking to ourselves we can do that if we keep putting in performances.”

The West Brom man has so far scored five in eight appearances in all competitions this season including two in the Baggies' 4-0 thrashing of Burnley last Sunday.

At this moment in time he has as good a chance as any to get that first call-up, especially when you take into account the latest news that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge isn't fit to play in either of England's Euro 2016 qualifiers this month.

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