Recent West Ham signing Sam Byram explains why he wants to emulate Tottenham teenager Dele Alli

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Sam Byram wants to step up from the Football League to England duty - just as Dele Alli has.

West Ham's new signing Sam Byram has told The Telegraph that he is looking up to Tottenham's Dele Alli as an example of how he can play for England.

Byram, 22, left Leeds United for Upton Park in January, and was immediately thrown in as an early substitute against Manchester City in a daunting debut.

Now though, Byram is out injured, and missed the midweek clash with Aston Villa, whilst he is also expected to be ruled out of this weekend's game against Southampton.

Looking long-term, Byram will no doubt be hoping to earn international recognition, having never been given caps at youth level by the Three Lions, despite being one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the Football League over the last few years.

Now in the Premier League, Byram will have a greater platform to prove himself to England boss Roy Hodgson, and that's something that Byram has spoken about during an interview with The Telegraph.

Byram says that, whilst he was supposed to play for England Under-20's three years ago, he suffered an injury, meaning England recognition is something he wants to achieve during his time at Upton Park.

The right back also pointed to Tottenham's teenager sensation Dele Alli, stating that he has proven how top performances in the Premier League can lead to England call-ups, no matter what your age is.

"I was meant to go to the under-20 World Cup [in 2013] and went to the training camp but had to pull out because of an injury, which I was gutted about," said Byram. "Since then I think there have been players in my position who are already in the Premier League and who are then naturally going to get picked over someone in the Championship. But I am working hard and it [playing for England] is another goal. It’s something I want to achieve."

"There’s Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard who have proved that if you get a few good games in the Premier League and do well for your club, then you can have a shot at being called up," he added.

England do have a number of right backs in contention for a role in Hodgson's squad. The likes of Kyle Walker, Nathaniel Clyne and Kieran Trippier will be hoping to impress ahead of Euro 2016, whilst Byram may be competing with younger players like Dominic Iorfa and Mason Holgate in the coming years - meaning there is plenty of competition for the West Ham new boy to battle with.

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