Jay Rodriguez hopes regular first-team football at West Brom can help him


Jay Rodriguez hopes regular first-team football at West Brom can help him follow new team-mate Jake Livermore into the England squad.

After leaving Southampton to sign a four-year deal with West Brom in a move reportedly worth an initial £12million, potentially rising to £15m with add-ons, the forward cannot wait to get started.

“The team is full of top players and it’s pretty clear that they are also a great set of lads,” Rodriguez told West Brom’s website after his move went through on Sunday.

“And you look at what has happened to Jake after he joined, getting back into the England squad. My aim is to keep improving, keep working hard and hopefully help Albion get better.

“If the England squad opens up for me again as a result, that would be fantastic.

“There is a lot more to come from me. The target is to set our sights as high as possible and be the best that you can be – both as a team and an individual

“I obviously was close up in the two Albion-Southampton games last season and I could see there was a blend of strong players and also flair players. I was impressed and I am buzzing to be joining the group.”