Striker Ings hopes form will bring him more honours
BURNLEY’S Danny Ings has described his England under 21 debut as “A dream come true!”
The striker earned his first cap after coming off the bench in the second half of a 4-0 European Championship qualifier win over San Marino.
He is set to feature again tomorrow night, when Gareth Southgate’s side take on Lithuania at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road, where leaders Burnley resume Championship action on Saturday.
Ings admitted he was gearing up for some downtime during the international break before the call-up came out of the blue.
But he insisted he would not want to be anywhere else, adding that U21 recognition feels like reward for years of hard work, and frustration during two seasons of injury hell.
“To be honest I was looking forward to the international break, but even better I got the call, and I was just excited to come,” said the 21-year-old.
“It’s a dream come true. When I was little, I’d work hard every day with my dad on the field and I never thought that I’d end up here.
“Any chance we got to play football, we’d head out, get our boots on and play football and he used to teach me everything and was a great mentor.
“I’ve had a couple of years struck with injuries, but now I’ve worked hard, turned that around and I’m feeling the benefit for it.
“So it does show that hard work does pay off.”
Although Ings admitted he was taken aback by the call-up to Southgate’s squad, he feels he has settled in well.
“It’s been brilliant and exciting. It’s a new experience for me and one that hit me in the face,” said the Clarets top scorer.
“I didn’t expect it but it’s been really good.
“The lads have been brilliant on the pitch and off the pitch they’ve been fantastic as well.”
Ings came on as a 65th minute substitute for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling with the score at 3-0. Harry Kane went on to complete a hat-trick against 10 men.
“I know it was an easy game really, but I thought the game went how we would want it and I’m just pleased to have made my debut,” added Ings, who hopes selectors will continue to look outside of the Premier League for fresh talent.
“Obviously, you’re always going to look in the Premier League at first because it’s the top, top league of players and the elite league,” he said.
“But it’s always a positive for players in Championship like me, coming through, that the gaffer is coming to watch.”
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