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Development of West Brom's Berahino impressing Southgate

Saido Berahino's development at West Bromwich Albion this season has not been lost on England U21 boss Gareth Southgate.

The 20-year old Burundi-born striker has impressed in the Baggies first team so far this campaign, scoring five goals in seven outings, and the Young Lions manager feels he is progressing so nicely he could soon be knocking on the door of the senior national team.

"I am delighted for him because I worked with him at the under-20s World Cup a couple of years ago and he was a super lad to work with," he said.

"You want to see the players you are working with progressing and doing well.

"I have said to him 'steady' because we will lose him to (senior team manager) Roy Hodgson, but it is just nice to see young English players getting a run, showing people what they can do.

"I said to them when I first took them 'there is a challenge for us'. Everyone is saying young English players can't play in a certain way or do this or that.

"The only way to stop those accusations is to go out and do it and slowly but surely they are making progress, which is really important for them."

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