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Saido Berahino has been backed for England after brace

By Staff Reporter

West Brom head coach Alan Irvine has tipped Saido Berahino to make an England breakthrough after his brace battered Burnley.

Berahino's brace helped Albion hammer the Clarets 4-0 at The Hawthorns on Sunday, and made him the top-scoring Englishman in the Barclays Premier League with four goals.

Roy Hodgson's England face San Marino and Estonia in Euro 2016 qualifiers next month and Irvine believes 21-year-old Berahino – who has nine goals in 11 under-21 games – can make the step up to the senior side.

"If he keeps on playing like that and keeps on scoring goals then he'll get all those rewards," the Scot said.

"I don't think Roy Hodgson will be looking and saying 'he's too young' or anything like that.

"He'll put him in as he's shown already – if he feels he's the best player for the position. The goals he's scored so far will certainly make Roy think about him.

"But right now, Saido's got to keep working the way he does. He stays to do finishing and movement after training every day. And he's getting the benefits from all of that."

Craig Dawson and Graham Dorrans also scored as the Baggies sealed their third successive win to move up to 10th in the table.

Burnley were toothless and have scored just once in the league this season.

Boss Sean Dyche admitted the visitors deserved nothing. He said: "Disappointing pretty much covers it, but credit to West Brom and the way they played. You can't afford to have a bad game"

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