England coach Aidy Boothroyd today challenged Saido Berahino to nail down a West Bromwich Albion spot and believes Callum Robinson can help unite Aston Villa.
The under-20 chief – Baggies’ youth development officer and technical director between 2003 and 2004 – believes they have a chance to establish themselves in the Premier League.
Robinson is expected to lead the line for England under-19s against Montenegro at the Banks’s Stadium today while Berahino is set to face Brazil under-20s for Gareth Southgate’s under-21 side on Monday. They both broke into the Villa and Albion sides last season.
Boothroyd said: “Saido has proved he can play and perform at that level and the next step for him now is to make sure he continues that development and makes himself a regular starter in West Brom’s team,” said Boothroyd, who is assisting under-19 boss Noel Blake.
“Saido is a good example of a player who did very well in the youth teams for England and West Brom and then went out on loan for Northampton and did very well.
“He went to Brentford, another level, and started off great but dipped and came back to West Brom. But whether it be through injury, luck or someone else’s bad luck he got in the side.
“The same for Callum, he’s in and around the team for a reason, because Paul (Lambert) thinks he’s good enough. I’ve been at games where he’s set the crowd going because he is a local boy, he runs around and he turns bad balls into good balls. We all like that whether we’re coaches or supporters.”