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West Brom's Berahino is proud to receive England call

By Jim van Wijk

West Brom forward Saido Berahino hopes he can repay England for giving him a "second chance in life" by helping fire Roy Hodgson's side to Euro 2016 glory.

The 21-year-old has scored seven goals in 10 Premier League matches for the Baggies this season and has now been rewarded with a first senior call-up.

Berahino has quite a back story, having fled the family's war-torn homeland of Burundi to join his brother, sisters and mother in England, where he was granted political asylum.

Berahino was part of the successful England side at the 2010 Under-17s European Championship but cannot wait to make the most of his opportunity with the seniors, who are at Wembley next weekend for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia before heading to Scotland for a friendly.

"This country gave me a second chance. I came to this country and it has provided me and my family with a safe place," Berahino said.

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

"I will be very proud and honoured to represent England. I remember coming home and seeing I had got my first call for England as a schoolboy - I was excited then and I am excited now."

England squad: Forster (Southampton), Foster (West Brom), Hart (Man City), Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Chambers (Arsenal), Clyne (Southampton), Gibbs (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), Shaw (Man United), Smalling (Man United), Barkley (Everton), Carrick (Man United), Downing (West Ham), Henderson (Liverpool), Lallana (Liverpool), Milner (Man City), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Sterling (Liverpool), Townsend (Tottenham), Wilshere (Arsenal), Walcott (Arsenal), Lambert (Liverpool), Rooney (Man United), Welbeck (Arsenal), Berahino (West Brom).

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