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Berahino named in England squad

6 November 2014

Double Albion celebration on historic day for club

SAIDO Berahino has today given Albion further reason to celebrate after being named in Roy Hodgson's senior England squad.

On the day Albion are unveiling a statue to club legend Tony Brown, Baggies striker Berahino was included in the 23-man Three Lions party for their Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia and the international friendly with Scotland.

If selected, Berahino will become Albion's first outfield England international since Steve Hunt, who played against the Soviet Union in June 1984.

As the Baggies unveil a permanent tribute to Bomber - who gained recognition as Albion's 37th England representative in 1971 - Berahino stands to become the club's 46th senior England international.

And Berahino has thanked Albion for their support and guidance.

"My long-term vision was to get into the seniors with England and do the club proud," said Berahino.

"My mum hasn't stopped talking about it all week!

"I've tried not to think about it but it's been hard when all of my family members have been reminding me that the squad was being announced today.

"This country gave me a second chance in life. I came to this country and it has provided me and my family with a safe place, and a better place to live in.

"It's given me a chance to perform what I want to achieve in life. 

“I feel very lucky that my family and West Bromwich Albion have looked after me and guided me."

Berahino has already been capped by England at Under-21 level, scoring 10 goals in 13 games, while also representing the nation at U16, U17, U18, U19 and U20 level.

The 21-year-old, who has scored seven Barclays Premier League goals this season, continued: “I'll be very proud and honoured to represent England.

"I remember coming home and seeing I'd got my first-ever call up for England as a schoolboy. I was excited then and I’m excited now.

"It will be a very emotional experience for me – if selected, I will play with all my heart."

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