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Stock backs Burnley star Ings to reach top
DANNY Ings has got what it takes to go all the way and become a full England international, says Clarets team-mate Brian Stock.
Ings, Burnley’s 11-goal top scorer, could make his under 21 debut against San Marino tonight after receiving his first call-up last week.
The striker caught new under 21 manager Gareth Southgate’s eye for hitting double figures before the end of September and helping to fire the Clarets to the top of the Championship.
But Stock, himself the recipient of three full international caps with Wales, is confident there is even more to come from the 21-year-old.
Asked if Ings could one day progress to the senior England set-up, the midfielder said: “That’s a really big step, but I think out of every single player I’ve played with he has the potential to go right to the top.
“Certain players have something that can turn games in an instant. He’s got the quickest feet, he’s lively, he works hard, he’s honest, he’s got a great attitude.
“He can go a long way.”
Ings met up with the Southgate’s squad on Monday, after scoring in the 2-1 win over Reading at Turf Moor that kept the Clarets in top spot before the international break.
“I’m delighted he’s got his call-up, he fully deserves it,” added Stock, who was also capped four times by Wales U21s. “I’ve been trying to give him advice and he’s been messaging me.
“It’s great for him and I think it’s going to be a great learning curve.”
Meanwhile, Stock used the international break to add to his competitive game time by playing as one of three older outfield players in Burnley’s U21 Premier League Cup qualifying round penalty shoot-out win over Wigan Athletic in midweek.
The experienced midfielder revealed he requested to be involved in the game after being limited to appearances from the bench so far this season.
“I heard about the game and wanted to play in it, so I asked if I could,” he said.
“I haven’t had much football lately.
“It wasn’t so much a case of wanting to do it as needing to do it, which hopefully – especially playing 120 minutes – will bode well.
“They put the question to the gaffer and he said ‘absolutely fine, if you want to play you can play’.
“Although it’s not an ideal scenario to play in an under 21 game, it’s football at the end of the day and it was a really good run-out for me.”
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