West Brom manager Alan Irvine tips Saido Berahino for England

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West Brom manager Alan Irvine believes star striker Saido Berahino will get his call to join the England senior squad if he continues to perform at a top level.

Roy Hodgson is set to announce his next England squad on Thursday with the Three Lions facing Slovenia in the European Championship qualifiers on November 15 before a friendly against Scotland two days later.

The England manager won’t be able to call on the services of Daniel Sturridge who remains sidelined with through injury and that could give the youngster an opportunity.

Berahino has been trusted to lead the line this term by Irvine and he repaid that faith with seven goals in 10 Premier League games to help the Baggies climb away from the bottom three.

The 21-year-old has represented England from Under-16 level through to the Under-21 squad, where he has netted 10 times in 13 appearances.
Irvine admitted that the youngster could be overlooked, with captain Wayne Rooney and regulars Danny Welbeck and Rickie Lambert all fit and available, but he feels selection is not too far away.

Irvine said: “I think he would be delighted to be called up. If he does, it’s how he handles that. If he doesn’t, it’s how he handles that too. I’ve said to Saido that if he keeps playing well, good things will happen.”

The Hawthorns outfit currently sit 11th in the Premier League and can be backed at 2.21 to pick up a victory at home to Newcastle who are priced 2.95 to take all three points on Sunday.

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