Model Slams Kendall Jenner In Open Letter; Says Family Name Helped Her In Her Career

I don’t really know what to think of this piece. Yes, the Kardashians are not really liked, but I think Kendall deserves her success in modelling. You cannot deny that she looks every inch a model. The family name might have helped her, but Kendall did not choose her family!! Her name might have helped her, but her talent has kept her there! Cut the girl some slack!!

Ever since Kendall Jenner, 19, ventured into the modelling world, there have been reports that her success in the industry is as a result of her famous family name/connection. There were also reports that she was being bullied by other models, I think this just goes to confirm it!

Arisce Wanzer/Kendall Jenner

Kendall has defended herself against these accusations many times. Just last week she granted an interview arguing that she worked hard for her success. She said:

I’m not trying to use a family name or anything. In reality I worked pretty hard for this… It wasn’t like I just got it magically and it just happened.’I would see rumours of girls bullying me backstage and putting cigarettes out in my drink, and none of that has happened. Everyone’s been really cool to me. I’ve never had one girl be mean so far.‘ Every show, no matter how many shows I’ve done, I get a text message from every single one of them. But I love it. I couldn’t ask for a better reaction. ‘The other day Kanye hugged me and was like, Yo, I’m really proud of you.’ And I was like, ‘Really?!’ It’s so sweet to hear that.

American model Arisce Wanzer, has hit back at Kendall’s claims. In a open letter on The Blot website, she argues that Kendall’s family name gave her an easy entry into the modelling world, unlike other normal girls have had to work much harder to gain even a fraction of her success. Arisce wrote:

‘Dear Kendall,

‘Take a moment and remove yourself from your current situation, if you can, to a life that isn’t riddled with excess. ‘Now, imagine you’re from a small town and/or Third-World country where your only way to get out of your current social class, achieve your dreams, get a green card or just gain better work conditions is to become a high-fashion model. ‘You have to leave for six months to a year sometimes, signing contracts you can barely understand, let alone oblige to, almost without choice. ‘You’re away from your family, your friends and everything you know. You live in a one-bedroom apartment with six other girls in the same situation in New York City. ‘You have to go to tutoring and/or English lessons in between learning how to “walk” at the agency, attending castings every other day, going on test shoots to get you experience, trying to learn your new neighborhood, going to the gym and hoping to maybe make some money all at once. ‘Oh, and your apartment and test shoots aren’t free, by the way. They are added to your account with the agency, as are your casting outfits and cellphone. ‘These are going to leave you in some serious debt if nobody books you for anything; some girls owe upward of $30,000 (£19,000) after a year of trying to book gigs. ‘So now let’s pretend you actually lived through all of that, and it’s finally Fashion Week. Exciting, right? ‘This could be your big break! You could send your family in Belarus or Woodbridge, Va., the money they need for your little brothers to have new clothes or even afford a plane ticket home for the holidays! ‘Imagine standing in line after line of girls with your exact height and body measurements all day, each one hoping for a coveted spot on the New York Fashion Week runway. ‘Casting after casting, and you just can’t seem to get your place. ‘But suddenly after a week full of the word “No,” killing yourself at the gym, exhausting yourself in classes, cutting your diet in half, not talking with your family and sleeping in a room with six equally exhausted girls, you get the call. ‘Your agent texts you with an 8 a.m. fitting at Marc Jacobs. ‘Oh my god, you’re going to walk for Marc Jacobs! This is a dream come true, someone finally said yes, and the prestige is beyond what you could have imagined! ‘So you pack your model bag, a bottled water, your walking shoes and agency-approved casting outfit. This could be your big break, assuming they don’t cut your look last minute, a common practice done to no-name girls, so fingers crossed! ‘It’s the morning of the show, and the subway is packed with lots of models, agents, buyers and fashion people in general, all exhausted, but ready to work. ‘Backstage is a commotion circus of clothes, hair, makeup, yelling, Fashion TV interviews … it’s an Instagram overload! ‘All the big names are there, your personal heroes including Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs himself — the list goes on! ‘But wait, isn’t that a reality TV star over there in hair and makeup? ‘Yea, that’s definitely a Kardashian or something. What is she doing here? ‘Did she take the subway? Was she at the casting? What agency is she with? I didn’t see her last season … ‘Does she need MORE fame? MORE money? A green card perhaps? ‘This girl didn’t do and doesn’t owe half of what you did to get here today, that much is certain. ‘Her mommy surely called a top agency, got her in the door and the design houses just chose to milk her fame like the cash cow that it is. ‘One by one like dominos from Vogue to Givenchy, fashion is selling out to the ignorant masses for money. ‘What happened to the art, the cerebral part of fashion? Did it really all die with Alexander McQueen? ‘Gone is the prestige you once felt as a “chosen one” by Marc, Anna or Ricardo — this cheapens your entire experience. ‘You thought you were special, that your hard work had finally paid off. You didn’t realize that these coveted spots were for sale. ‘The cost? The soul and dignity of a fashion house. ‘The clothes will still sell, and the players will still play, but the image will be forever tarnished by these real life Veruca Salts buying their way in with sleazy fame rights.’

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England ‘on road to rehabilitation’ after victory in Scotland

Wayne Rooney celebrates his second goal in England's 3-1 win at Celtic Park

19 November 2014 Last updated at 06:59 GMT

Scotland’s plan was, in line with the words of their pre-match anthem that echoed thunderously around Celtic Park, to send England homeward to think again.

Instead, on England’s first visit north of the border since 1999, the “Auld Enemy” outclassed Scotland to take another step on the road to rehabilitation after the misery of the World Cup in Brazil.

England have not tested their recovery from the trauma of South America against any of football’s elite, so the manner in which they have bounced back must be judged in that context – but a clean sweep of victories since that final meaningless, goalless group game against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte is still a very impressive statistic.

SIX OF THE BEST – THE RECOVERY CONTINUES

England’s 3-1 win in the intimidating surroundings of Celtic Park, and against a Scotland team on an upward curve under manager Gordon Strachan, was arguably their most complete since the World Cup.

Manager Roy Hodgson saw his side open with an intensity that is sometimes missing from the opening phases of their games and maintained it throughout. Scotland boss Strachan was fulsome in his praise for England.

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Scotland 1-3 England: Roy Hodgson praises players

The tale of the tape reads played six and won six since the World Cup – with 15 goals scored and only two conceded – including four Euro 2016 qualifiers against Switzerland, San Marino, Estonia and Slovenia bookended by friendly wins against Norway and now Scotland.

England have not conceded a goal in the first half of any of their last seven games and one of those two goals conceded was Jordan Henderson’s deft header into his own net against Slovenia.

There can be no question England’s cause has been helped by a kind Euro 2016 qualifying draw, but the visit on to footballing enemy ground in Glasgow was perhaps a more realistic test of their standing than most of their qualifiers.

And judged on that, the comprehensive manner of this win may have told Hodgson more about his players than routine victories in qualifiers.

Scotland may have had only two Premier League players in their starting line-up, Hull City’s Andrew Robertson and Everton forward Steven Naismith, and played like a team whose main business for this international break had been concluded with the Euro 2016 qualifying win against the Republic of Ireland, but England did not hang around to wait to find out.

In a predictably hostile atmosphere they went straight on to the front foot and never allowed Scotland into the game. It was a test of their mettle, their nerve and their stomach for the fight and they came through with pass marks.

England results since World Cup

Date Opposition Score
3 September Norway (H) 1-0
8 September Switzerland (A) 2-0
9 October San Marino (H) 5-0
12 October Estonia (A) 1-0
15 November Slovenia (H) 3-1
18 November Scotland (A) 3-1

And it was a win achieved so comfortably against a Scotland team that ensured England arrived in a country with rapidly increasing optimism, especially after the vital 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifier win against the Republic of Ireland on Friday.

Hodgson praised the maturity of his players “under the magnifying glass”, saying: “I’m not sure they needed to prove they were real men. I knew that. But this was a game played in a real goldfish bowl.”

Let’s not get carried away as England are still strictly second tier when it comes to world football’s elite – but it is churlish to offer too much criticism of such a run of wins when the last time they achieved something similar was in June 2006.

HODGSON’S EYE TO THE FUTURE

Since the World Cup, Hodgson has made tweaks to his squad and his team and there were optimistic signs for the future amid the tumult of Celtic Park.

Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne was highly impressive again, both in defence and attack. There is an opening for a right-back in England’s team and he has walked through it. He has shown enough to warrant a good run in the team.

England debutants since the Brazil World Cup

Player Club Fixture
Calum Chambers Arsenal v Norway
Fabian Delph Aston Villa v Norway
Nathaniel Clyne Southampton v Slovenia

Jack Wilshere was England’s best player against Scotland, a commanding display characterised by the raking, driven pass that created the first goal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – oddly his first assist on his 26th international appearance.

The enthusiasm for the use of Wilshere at the base of England’s diamond must be tempered by the simple truth that he has not yet faced top-class opposition in that role. This is the acid test, but he dictated affairs here.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was another bonus, scoring for the first time since his goal in the 2-2 draw against Brazil in the Maracana in June 2013.

Another significant stat to help his case may be that he is something of a lucky charm for Hodgson. England have never lost a game in which he has figured, with a record of played 20, won 14 and drawn six.

INDISPENSIBLE ROONEY

The debate raged about whether Wayne Rooney could be considered an England “great” in the build-up to his 100th appearance when he played against Slovenia on Saturday, but what is not a matter for serious discussion is his worth to this team and manager Roy Hodgson.

The numbers are out there. The two goals against Scotland edged him ahead of the great Jimmy Greaves and into third place on his own in the all-time standings with 46, two behind Gary Lineker and three behind all-time record holder Sir Bobby Charlton.

Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson

Wayne Rooney was made England captain after Steven Gerrard quit international football

Of current significance is his record of 18 goals in 28 appearances under Hodgson. He has now scored in six of his last seven England starts, scoring seven goals in total.

Here in Scotland he gave a performance of maturity and class, scoring twice and setting the tone for England’s display from the first whistle with his intense, committed – but never out of control – approach.

And in the days before the game, captain Rooney made it his business to address the young players in England’s squad to make them aware of the special, hostile atmosphere they would face. Forewarned is forearmed and here he showed a sure touch with his team-mates.

In the current England set-up, he is indispensible.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?

Just a couple on an otherwise highly satisfactory night for England and Hodgson.

Why was Everton’s Ross Barkley given a walk-on part of a couple of minutes at the end? What was the point? Surely Celtic Park was the ideal place to give this lavishly talented youngster at least 45 minutes to test out his temperament and decision-making.

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And will the return of Stewart Downing to England’s colours for the first time since he played in Hodgson’s first game in charge in Norway in May 2012 be a “blink and you missed it” affair?

He had an undistinguished 45 minutes, looking nothing like the player who has excelled for West Ham United this season.

However, rather than playing in the more central position he occupies under Sam Allardyce for his club, Downing was shunted out to the left in a 4-3-3 formation and consequently looked like the under-achiever of the past.

And Liverpool’s Rickie Lambert (barely causing a ripple at Anfield this season) on for 11 minutes? Why not give West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino a brief taste of what might be expected of him at international level?

WHAT WILL 2015 HOLD FOR ENGLAND?

England resume in March with what should be another routine Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Lithuania but then face a stern test with a friendly in Italy four days later.

The diary of fixtures, mainly the remaining qualifiers, merely reads like a smooth passage to France and perhaps even the opportunity for Hodgson to indulge in some experimentation with the possibility of early qualification.

Another friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on 7 June will sharpen the reflexes for a visit to Slovenia a week later – but this excellent win in Scotland ensures 2014 will end with England in good spirits.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s opening goal helped England win on their first visit to Glasgow since 1999

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney has now scored 46 international goals for England after his double against Scotland

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson’s England have won six games since failing to get out of their group in the 2014 World Cup

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England are top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group with four victories from four matches

Comment: Knockout may be close for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, only his 18 years at the club are clouding an honest judgement

Wenger has this week and next to find a solution before the visit of the equally troubled Manchester United to the Emirates

There was something of the fading champion about Arsène Wenger after the collapse at Swansea. It was not so much that he looked every one of his 65 years but that the answers to the problems besetting his team appeared beyond him.

He could not say how the surrender of a winning position for the second time in a week at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday might impact on his players on their return from the international break. He was at a loss to explain how his team of many talents folded in the space of three minutes after taking the lead.

Wenger has been in his post for 18 years. It may be that his attachment to Arsenal and the club’s to him is clouding everybody’s thinking. If none of us is the best judge of our own performance it follows that Wenger must submit to a critical dimension within to keep him honest, but that appears beyond the present regime.

Wenger has this week and next to find a solution before the visit of the equally troubled Manchester United to the Emirates. United’s present difficulties result in part from succession failure. Perhaps a manager can hang around too long.

The goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny spelt out the growing alarm felt by the players at the failure of Arsenal to protect an advantage. The three goals shipped at home to Anderlecht in the Champions League might have been dismissed as an aberration, an anomaly that bites episodically, but not after blowing another winning position five days later.

Arsenal were insipid in the first half at the Liberty, not registering a serious attack until Danny Welbeck forced Lukasz Fabianski into a reaction save in the 44th minute. Two more attempts on the Swansea goal followed in rapid succession, triggering an improvement that resulted in the visitors taking the lead in the second half through Alexis Sanchez.

As Wenger acknowledged, big teams don’t lose from there at places likes Swansea. The lead claimed in the 63rd minute lasted 12 minutes. Three minutes after that, Arsenal were fatally in arrears. “For the majority of the game we looked solid at the back and we looked dangerous,” Szczesny said. “We had a poor five-minute spell and at this level it costs you.

“Until they scored their first we were good. Then after they scored the second goal we looked dangerous again. It’s something that we need to focus on because it’s been two games where short spells lacking discipline and focus have cost us.

“It could’ve gone either way. You can’t just hope that the next one will be different and we’ll get a bit of luck. We need to focus for 90 minutes and do our jobs properly, offensively and defensively. Then things will change.”

Chelsea and Liverpool ‘poles apart’ in Premier League race

Liverpool v Chelsea

8 November 2014 Last updated at 20:02 GMT

While Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was fending off inquiries about whether his side could be the latest “Invincible” to go a Premier League season unbeaten, Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers was handling an inquisition about a third loss in seven days.

The mood swings could not have been more different as Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Liverpool kept them in pole position in the early title running and left last season’s runners-up struggling to halt a slide.

So what were the main talking points from this game of contrasts?

606 debate: Why are Liverpool on the slide?

Poles apart

The journey has only taken 195 days – but in this short time results and events have conspired to send Chelsea and Liverpool in polar opposite directions.

When Chelsea last won at Anfield on 27 April, it ended Liverpool’s 11-game winning sequence that took them to the edge of the Premier League title on a tidal wave of dazzling football and fan fervour.

Since that day things have never been quite the same for Brendan Rodgers’ side while Chelsea manager Mourinho has corrected the flaws in their make-up and restored them to the status of title favourites.

Liverpool lost their great talisman and world-class striker Luis Suarez after his World Cup biting shame while Chelsea struck swiftly in the markets to sign striker Diego Costa and bring Cesc Fabregas back to the Premier League from Barcelona.

Premier League form since last meeting in April 2014 between the sides (13 games)

Team Won Drawn Lost Points
Chelsea 10 3 0 33
Liverpool 5 3 5 18

Rodgers used the £75m he received for Suarez to bolster his squad and add the big gamble of £16m Mario Balotelli – and the current status of both policies was placed starkly in front of Anfield on Saturday.

Chelsea looked united, a team that almost begs the quote “same as last week” from Mourinho. Round pegs in round holes, quality and strength the hallmarks.

Liverpool look a disjointed collection of parts, perhaps understandable given the scale of reconstruction of their squad, a team that has lost its way and the intensity that pressed so many opponents into submission last season.

Former England winger Chris Waddle, at Anfield for BBC Radio 5 live, said: “Brendan Rodgers doesn’t know what his best team is or what his best system is.”

The post-Suarez period of transition has not been helped by injury to Daniel Sturridge. The pair scored 52 goals between them last season and any team would miss that.

Whereas Costa and Fabregas have slipped seamlessly into Chelsea’s team, Liverpool’s newcomers have not hit their stride.

Dejan Lovren has been unconvincing since his £20m move from Southampton, while his former colleagues at St Mary’s Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert only made the bench against Chelsea.

Emre Can at least scored via a deflection but Balotelli was again anonymous.

Can Chelsea be the new ‘Invincibles’?

The question will be asked with increasing regularity and the pattern of denial from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is also emerging – but it remains a valid inquiry nonetheless.

Can Chelsea emulate the Arsenal “Invincibles” of 2003-04, who went the 38-game Premier League season unbeaten?

The Gunners ended that season with 90 points from 26 wins and 12 draws. Chelsea are only 11 games into possibly emulating that feat but it is easy to see why the spectre is being raised.

Arsenal players celebrate winning the Premier League in May 2004

Arsenal became the first team since Preston North End in 1888-89 to go through an entire season unbeaten

Mourinho is having none of it, saying after the 2-1 win at Liverpool: “No. It is possible to be champions but in modern football, especially in the Premier League, I don’t believe in that unbeaten run.”

Expectation management? Chelsea have now played four of what could easily be termed their toughest away games, with victories at Everton – by a crushing 6-3 margin – and at Liverpool and 1-1 draws at Manchester City and Manchester United, twice being denied the win by late equalisers.

Chelsea were outstanding at Liverpool. Unmoved by Emre Can’s deflected early goal, they simply kept playing until victory came courtesy of Gary Cahill and Costa.

Chelsea’s defensive resilience is renowned, while Nemanja Matic is a magnificent physical and footballing screen alongside Fabregas in midfield.

And what about Costa? An old school powerhouse of a striker, seemingly happy to cause a rumpus in an empty room. He will fall foul off officialdom this season but what an aggressive edge he has given Chelsea, both in physical exchanges and with the ball.

Mourinho may wave away the question, but this looks the complete Premier League team. Not easy to see anyone beating them and they will feel even more confident after Manchester City were held 2-2 at QPR.

Rodgers’ gamble backfires

Liverpool manager Rodgers made the rod for his own back when he fielded that unfamiliar line-up against Real Madrid in the Champions League and lost.

When the team-sheets landed and Rodgers had made seven changes from the Bernabeu – but only one from the loss at Newcastle – the truth was out there.

The Chelsea game was the priority all along, and this was a “must win” game for Rodgers if he was to avoid further questions.

Liverpool's team to play Real Madrid

Liverpool made seven changes to the starting XI against Real Madrid

Kolo Toure had a case for selection ahead of the struggling Lovren while Lallana could also count himself unlucky to be excluded.

Even after this 2-1 defeat, Liverpool’s third in a week, Rodgers was unrepentant: “I wouldn’t do anything differently at all. We just didn’t get the results.”

Rodgers also insisted his squad were fully apprised of how the situation would pan out after he mixed and matched his selections.

The bottom line, however, is that when a match is prioritised as obviously as this one was, then defeat is the sign of a failed plan.

What now for Liverpool?

This is a very different Liverpool from the one that cut a swathe through the Premier League last season, blowing away quality opponents in a blaze of attacking football.

Liverpool were ponderous going forward, short on confidence and devoid of the intensity that is the trademark of Rodgers’ work.

It is a nonsense to suggest Rodgers should be under any sort of pressure. This is the manager who almost guided Liverpool to their first title in 24 years.

Daniel Sturridge (right) is congratulated by former teammate Luis Suarez after scoring a goal

Rodgers admits Liverpool are struggling without the goals from Luis Suarez who joined Barcelona in the summer and Daniel Sturridge who was injured with England in September

Liverpool are a shadow of that team and many factors are at work. The loss of Suarez has robbed them of not simply a footballing edge on opponents but a psychological one. With the removal of the sheer fear he used to inflict on teams, Liverpool are more comfortable to play against.

They also have a raft of new signings getting used to life at Liverpool and there would be no surprise if there is also a psychological hangover from getting so close to the title before losing it when they could almost reach out and touch the trophy.

Liverpool and their fans may now be realising that last season was the great missed opportunity, cruel after all the brilliant football that decorated the season.

There must now be a repositioning of the goals Liverpool might have had in mind before the start of the season.

Forget the title. Gone. They will not make up 15 points on Chelsea. So next in line must be a place in the top four, which is still in Liverpool’s grasp if they can get Sturridge fit and restore confidence.

A top four place and a trophy can be considered success for Liverpool this season. Rodgers is getting plenty of criticism currently but he was also responsible for moving them ahead of schedule last season – another Champions League place would not be failure.

Chelsea: Jose Mourinho praises ‘maestro’ Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas

18 August 2014 Last updated at 23:12 GMT

Cesc Fabregas was called a “maestro” by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after he set up two goals in their Premier League season-opening 3-1 win at Burnley.

The 27-year-old former Arsenal midfielder joined Chelsea for £27m from Barcelona in June.

“I agree completely with Cesc as man of the match,” said Mourinho, whose side moved straight to the top the table.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho praises Blues

“He controlled the tempo of the game and was responsible for the best phase of our play.”

Mourinho’s side, many people’s favourites to win the title, outclassed their newly-promoted hosts, despite conceding the lead.

Clarets midfielder Scott Arfield beat Thibaut Courtois, starting in goal instead of long-time Blues first-choice keeper Petr Cech, with the game’s first shot on target.

But debutant Diego Costa, a £32m summer purchase from Atletico Madrid, quickly equalised with his first Premier League goal.

Fabregas set up Andre Schurrle for Chelsea’s second with a sublime first-time pass, and the former Arsenal player was also involved in the third, taking charge of the corner which led to Branislav Ivanovic’s strike.

“I hope he has more of that,” said Mourinho of the Spain international’s pass to Schurrle. “We know he’s capable.

Fabulous Fabregas

Fabregas scored 59 goals in 305 games for Arsenal, and helped them win the 2005 FA Cup The 27-year-old won La Liga in 2013 and the Copa del Rey in 2012 with Barcelona
He won the 2010 World Cup with Spain and has scored 13 goals in 91 international appearances He has now assisted 72 Premier League goals, just two fewer than Thierry Henry

“More important than the pass was the control he had with the game, the understanding he had with Nemanja Matic which brings our team to a different dimension in the quality of football that we play.

“He makes the right decisions, the right intensity of the game and he brings other people in the right direction. I am really happy with him.”

Chelsea captain John Terry also praised Fabregas.

“Some of the movement and play for the goals was different class, and Cesc was probably pick of the bunch for Schurrle’s goal,” he said.

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Mourinho, meanwhile, believed his team should have been awarded a penalty when Costa went down after home goalkeeper Tom Heaton caught his trailing leg.

Instead, the Spain striker was booked, a decision the manager described as “unfair”, adding “it wasn’t simulation but a clear penalty”.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said the Premier League new boys would learn from the defeat.

“We have to keep going, and we did in the second half. We continued to press and tried to break them down,” he said.

“That’s against a team who are at the top end of the business. We have to be realistic, not defeatist.

“Our journey is slightly different from Chelsea’s. It’s not about trying to get that game out the way. We enjoyed it, but we don’t enjoy losing.”

Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas joined Arsenal from Barcelona before leaving the Gunners to rejoin Catalan giants Barca

Cesc Fabregas and Andre Schurrle celebrate

Andre Schurrle’s goal came after a 25-pass move, which included a fabulous Cesc Fabregas pass

Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas has now assisted 72 Premier League goals, just two fewer than Thierry Henry

Man Utd midfielder Marouane Fellaini felt like a scapegoat

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini

11 November 2014 Last updated at 09:31 GMT

Saido Berahino: West Brom striker named in England squad

West Brom's Saido Berahino

Berahino has scored eight goals for West Brom in all competitions this season

6 November 2014 Last updated at 12:33 GMT

Saido Berahino: West Brom striker named in England squad

West Brom striker Saido Berahino has been named in the England squad for the first time by manager Roy Hodgson.

The 21-year-old could make his debut in the Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia at Wembley on 15 November.

Berahino, who was born in Burundi, has scored seven goals in 10 Premier League matches for the Baggies this season.

Michael Carrick, Stewart Downing and Theo Walcott are also included in a 26-man squad for the Slovenia game and friendly in Scotland on 18 November.

Manchester United midfielder Carrick was left out of Hodgson’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil and has only just returned from an ankle injury he suffered in the summer.

Winger Downing, whose last cap came in May 2012, has earned a recall after impressing for West Ham this term.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is recalled to the squad after recovering from a knee injury that kept him out for 10 months.

Hodgson said Berahino, who has scored 10 goals in 13 England Under-21 appearances, had been in contention for the recent qualifiers against Estonia and San Marino.

“He was obviously in our minds but we didn’t choose him because of the importance of the two Under-21 qualifiers against Croatia,” said Hodgson.

“But this time they only have a friendly match, so there’s no reason to pass over his credentials yet again.”

Hodgson added there was “never a realistic possibility” of picking Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge for the squad.

Saido Berahino playing for England U21s

Berahino has scored 10 goals in 13 appearances for the England U21 side

He is suffering from a calf problem and has not played since he strained a thigh muscle just before England’s clash with Switzerland in September.

“We were hoping, of course, to get him back, but it hasn’t worked out,” Hodgson said.

“I have left a message for [Liverpool manager] Brendan [Rodgers]. The message was that it is pretty obvious that Daniel is not fit, and Brendan’s not rung back to counter that he actually is.”

Club-mate Glen Johnson has been left out even though he returned to action last month following a thigh injury.

If he plays against Slovenia, Wayne Rooney will earn his 100th cap.

England are top of qualifying Group E, having won all three games. Slovenia are second, with two wins and six points.

“They have a lot of players who play for top clubs in Europe,” Hodgson said. “We regard them as a very serious rival.”

England squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Brom), Joe Hart (Manchester City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United, Stewart Downing (West Ham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Welbeck (Arsenal), Saido Berahino (West Brom).