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Berahino hyped up for England after United display

HOTSHOT: Berahino, right, powers past United defenders (PA)

BAGGIES STRIKER Saido Berahino could soon be making his way into the senior England side after turning in a goalscoring performance against Manchester United in a 2-2 league draw.

Former United defender and England coach Gary Neville, who also works as a pundit for Sky Sports, has heaped praise on the 21-year-old and believes the young poacher will get a chance to shine for the Three Lions.

Berahino has already established himself in the Under-21s, but with England struggling to find consistent goalscorers, the time could be right for the forward to make the step up on the international scene.

Speaking on Sky Sports following last night’s (Oct 20) game where United fought back to secure a draw at the Hawthorns, Neville said: “If you're English and you score goals you've got a good chance.

“We haven't got many forwards that can play in the Premier League. There aren't a great deal of options.

“He's already in the system because he's playing for the U21s, so it's inevitable if he continues to score goals and play like he is he will come into the thoughts.”

Berahino was modest about his exploits against United and after the game he said: “I felt like today I was focused and when that chance came I backed myself to take it and I was happy it went in.

“I'm just enjoying my football, letting my football do the talking. If the goals keep coming that's great that I'm contributing to the team.”

With the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck getting their chances to play for England early on in their careers, Berahino may have already done enough to make national boss Roy Hodgson select him for the next round of European qualifying games.

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