Kane and Berahino prove their England credentials in Under-21 win

Saido Berahino

The Tottenham and West Brom forwards indicated they aren't too far from full England recognition by both netting in a 2-1 win over Croatia.

Saido Berahino and Harry Kane have proved themselves two of the country's hottest young attacking talents already this season.

The West Brom striker is the top scoring Englishman in the Premier League with 5 strikes in 7 appearances, already matching his league total from an impressive breakout campaign in 2013-14, with a League Cup strike taking him to 6 for the season so far.

Tottenham's Kane has 4 goals so far for the North Londoners, though all of his strikes have come in cup competitions, with the 21-year-old particularly impressing in the Europa League. Last season the Londoner won a place in the Spurs side late on and found the net in 3 of the club's last 6 Premier League games.

With Berahino having scored 10 goals for the England Under-21 side in 12 games and Kane boasting 6 in 8, both had been tipped for wildcard call ups to Roy Hodgson's full international side, especially given the injury that ruled Daniel Sturridge out of two winnable games against San Marino and Estonia.

As it turned out, Gareth Southgate claimed the two for his Under-21 side, who were facing Croatia in a playoff to qualify for Euro 2015 in the Czech Republic.

And it's a good job he did as the attacking duo proved themselves the match winners in what was a tight affair.

Rubin Kazan forward Marko Livaja gave the visitors the lead early in the first half, and though England edged back into the contest, it wasn't until they approached the hour mark that Kane, who was a threat all game, nodded in Berahino's cross to draw the game level.

That looked like all the hosts would get from the game, until the West Brom star sped into the box with 5 minutes remaining, only for the onrushing Dominik Livakovic to bring him down. Like he has done already on two occasions for the Baggies this season, Berahino coverted from the spot with aplomb.

The link up play between Berahino and Kane bodes well for the national team, as well as Tottenham if reports linking the West Brom forward with a move to North London are to be believed.

Until then, the two young attackers can be satisfied that once more they demonstrated that they may be ready for a run out for the senior side in the upcoming friendly against Scotland next month, and in front of the watching Roy Hodgson no less.

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