Several senior and youth England players light up the League Cup second round
England players young and old stole the headlines up and down the country in an action-packed League Cup second round on Tuesday.
The star of the night was West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino
who fired a hat-trick on his full debut against Newport County. The 20-year-old striker, who was celebrating a call-up to the England Under-21 squad earlier in the day, scored all three in the first-half as his side ran out 3-0 winners.
West Brom head coach Steve Clarke said of Berahino: “He was excellent, really great. I'm really pleased for him because he was at Peterborough last year where he did ever so well in the Championship but then got a really nasty injury which kept him out for seven months.
"But he worked hard over the summer with the medical staff and got in great shape. He joined us for pre-season and I can't say I'm surprised by how well he's done. He's been really good in games and done well for us.
"I'm absolutely delighted for the boy because he's worked so hard for his chance and he took it with both hands."
kept up his early season hot-streak in front of goal by netting another two as Liverpool needed extra-time to overcome a spirited Notts County at Anfield.
Early goals from Raheem Sterling
and Sturridge, who were both named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad
prior to kick-off, saw the Reds race into an early lead.
But the Magpies hit back in the second-half to force extra-time. Despite a valiant effort, the Premier League superiority of Liverpool eventually shone through as Sturridge added a third before five-time capped Jordan Henderson
added a fourth.
Former England U20 international Alex Pritchard
was also in goalscoring form for Swindon Town. The on-loan Tottenham Hotspur midfielder scored the second as the League One side defeated Championship Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Loftus Road.
And former England U16, U17 and U18 man Ravel Morrison
continued his impressive recent form as he scored his first goal for West Ham on his full debut to help the club defeat Cheltenham by 2-1.
The former Manchester United midfielder scored from the edge of the area just seconds after the break, and assistant manager Neil McDonald was delighted with his performance.
"Ravel is very good on the ball and we have to get him on the ball as much as we possibly can. He shows lots of composure and he sees the final pass, which is great," he said.
"I think he has shone tonight and has tried to knock on the manager's door with a good performance and another goal.”
was also a starter and fellow international Stewart Downing
was introduced at half-time in a match that saw England U18 defender Leo Chambers
make his senior debut just three weeks after his 18th birthday.
On Chambers, McDonald added: “We had a great chance to throw him in.
"I thought he showed composure, defended well enough against a tricky winger and he has got through the 90 minutes and finished on the winning side on his debut."