Saido Berahino targets Euro glory with England U21s

Wednesday 06 May 2015
Saido Berahino celebrates his winning goal against Croatia for England U21s
Saido Berahino says he is determined to fire England Under-21s to Euro glory this summer.

The West Bromwich Albion striker was a regular goalscorer for Gareth Southgate’s side during their qualification campaign for the finals in Czech Republic in June. 

That form won him the U21s Player of the Year award for 2014 and, coupled with his performances in the Premier League for the Baggies, earned a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s senior squad in November.

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Saido Berahino says he is focusing on June's Euro Finals with England U21s

He was due to rejoin the U21s for March’s games with the Euro hosts in Prague and Germany in Middlesbrough, only for injury to rule him out of those games.

But as the 21-year-old launched the Saido Berahino Foundation in London this week, he has restated his desire to be involved this summer.

"If selected, I want to go away and have a great tournament with the lads this summer," he revealed at the event, which will assist charity WaterAid in improving clean water and sanitation for people in disadvantaged countries.

"It’s a great opportunity for all the lads that have been involved in the U21s and that’s one of the reasons why I want to finish the season strongly.

"I had a taste of it [senior duty] in November when I was selected and it always gives you that desire to keep pushing and make sure you make the next squad.

"But at the moment, I’m just focusing on making the U21s squad for the summer and making sure we win that tournament."

See some of the moments which helped Berahino land the U21s POTY award last year

One of Berahino’s strike partners throughout qualification was another player to have caught the eye this season, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

And after Kane followed Berahino into the senior fold during March’s internationals, it’s a partnership which could be renewed during the Euro Finals, having first been paired together as Young Lions at U17 and U19 level in previous years.

"We have played together at U19 level and he is a great player, a great finisher," added Berahino, who already has a Euro title to his name after winning the U17 Championship back in 2010

"He brings something different to the team but any striker I play up front with I will be able to play and perform with. 

"I just want to contribute as much as I can and get some results with the U21s."

With just a handful of games remaining for the Hawthorns club this season, Berahino also spoke of his relationship with Baggies boss Tony Pulis.

Saido Berahino scores from the spot

Saido Berahino has been a regular goalscorer with West Brom this season

The former Stoke City and Crystal Palace man took over midway through the season and the Burundi-born hitman has paid tribute to Pulis’s man-management.

"He has always kept me on the straight and narrow to make me focus on my football and keep playing and enjoying it," he explained. 

"I have good one-to-one chats together with him.

"Everyone knows how Tony Pulis is as a person. He’s a bit old-school but his old school always works."

By Nicholas Veevers