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West Ham's Hines makes his mark for England

PUBLISHED: 13:25 15 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:04 05 October 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Zavon Hines of West Ham United battles for the ball with Jamie Carragher of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Upton Park on September 19, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Zavon Hines of West Ham United battles for the ball with Jamie Carragher of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Upton Park on September 19, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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The emergence of Zavon Hines has been a silver lining to a dark cloud at West Ham and the youngsters progression took another leap forward after he netted twice on his England under-21 debut at the weekend

The emergence of Zavon Hines has been a silver lining to a dark cloud at West Ham and the youngsters progression took another leap forward after he netted twice on his England under-21 debut at the weekend.

The Jamaican-born star, who only recently announced he would represent the Three Lions instead of the country of his birth, continues to impress after Saturday's 6-3 win over Macedonia at Coventry's Ricoh Arena.

Hines moved to east London at a young age and was eligible for both nations and although he was called up to the Jamaican full squad recently, he did not play, leaving the England door open.

He started the game on the bench but came on for the second half at the expense of Theo Walcott and made a real impact.

It was 3-3 before Hines stole in behind the visitors back-line, before neatly finishing under the goalkeeper. He followed that effort up by scoring England's sixth, a neat volley late on which sailed into the net.

"It's a dream to be honest," beamed the 20-year-old.

"A lot of young kids would like to play for their country full-stop, but to get two on your debut is even better. Any goal is an important one, it's just good to score for your country."

It was clearly a proud moment for Hines and it meant even more to the front man after a year of struggles following a knee injury.

"I feel privileged to be called up by England to be honest," he beamed.

"Who would have thought after last season when I was out injured this would have happened? I've just to keep on working hard as I know that if I keep working hard as I know if I keep working hard I know someone will be watching."

Hines was also keen to praise the club and their youth policy, a strategy that has borne fruit on more than one or two occasions in the past.

"It was unbelievable but at the end of the day, when it comes to football anything is possible," he said.

"Not a lot of clubs are producing young players, but every year West Ham produce one or two so it's just good to be playing football.

"I just know that West Ham have got belief in their young talent so they will always give you a chance, it just depends whether the young players take it or not.


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