Clarets boss Sean Dyche revealed that he spoke to new England Under 21 coach Gareth Southgate about the club’s star striker before the Three Lions squad was unveiled.
Dyche, who joined the national set up as a temporary member of the backroom staff just a month before being appointed at the helm at Turf Moor, claimed he highlighted the potential of the 21-year-old to Stuart Pearce’s successor around a month ago.
“I think it’s fully deserved,” said Dyche. “I spoke to Gareth Southgate about a month ago and made him aware of my thoughts on Danny and he’s weighed that up. I’m delighted for Danny and it’s great that he’s been recognised for his ongoing run of form and performances.
“We had a general chat but he’s aware. They do their homework wisely the England set-up and they know who is out there. We talked about football, how he’s finding it and how I’m finding it, and we just got on to it. I promoted the fact that I think he’s a very good young player and somebody who is learning and improving all the time.”
The 10-goal hitman will be joined by West Brom’s Saido Berahino, Spurs’ Harry Kane, and Manchester United’s Nick Powell, currently on loan at Wigan Athletic, in the forward ranks.
Ings will meet up with the squad next week for the Euro qualifying double header with San Marino and Lithuania. The first fixture will take place on Thursday, October 10th while the second will be played at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road on Tuesday, October 15th.
Should Ings feature, he will become only the fourth player in the club’s history to represent the Under 21s following on from Jay Rodriguez, Richard Chaplow and Chris Casper if he plays.
Rodriguez was the last, earning his first and only cap as a 60th minute substitute against Italy Under 21s in 2011.