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England call is reward for Burnley striker Ings
PROUD Burnley boss Sean Dyche says Danny Ings is deserving of his moment in the international spotlight.
The Clarets’ 11-goal top scorer capped an impressive start to the season with his first call-up to the England under 21s.
Former team-mate Jay Rodriguez was the last Burnley youngster to achieve similar recognition.
And Dyche believes it is a fitting reward for Ings’ efforts, particularly this term.
“I am really pleased the club has a young England player,” said the Clarets boss.
“There are good signs here and Danny deserves his call-up. Let’s make no mistake, he has been in fine form from since pre-season and taken it into the season, so he deserves it.
“He is another good thing coming out of what we are trying to achieve here as a group.
“We talk about developing players and that’s a big part that I believe in, regardless of age.
“I still speak to Michael Duff about different things I feel he can learn from, improve and add in.
“But the younger element are obvious ones who you hope to effect and guide towards their betterment and the team’s.
“That’s the nice join with Danny.
“He is delivering performances for himself, but also for the team, with a really strong work ethic.”
And Dyche is confident that Ings, who has formed a potent 19-goal partnership with Wales international striker Sam Vokes, can only benefit from his time with Gareth Southgate’s under 21s squad.
England travel to San Marino tomorrow for their latest UEFA European Under 21 Championship qualifier, followed by next Tuesday’s game against Lithuania at Portman Road – just five days before he returns to Ipswich Town with the Clarets.
“I think he will learn from going around with a different group of people and an open-mindedness to new coaching and new voices,” said Dyche.
“International football can be a little more tactical, slower and more methodical at times, just because a lot of opposition drop off and let you have the ball.
“I haven’t spoken to Gareth about whether he will play and I wouldn’t do that. It’s entirely up to him what he does with the team.”
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