After helping the Clarets to “Rule Britannia”, striker Danny Ings confessed that he’s experiencing one of the most enjoyable spells of his career.
The 22-year-old, who scored his fourth goal in five appearances for Gareth Southgate’s young Lions during the international break, netted his second and third goals of the domestic campaign with a quick-fire double in the 2-1 triumph over Stoke City at the weekend.
The North West Championship Footballer of the Year pounced in the 12th minute to side-foot Ashley Barnes’s cross past Asmir Begovic and 105 seconds later he doubled the advantage from former Potter Michael Kightly’s centre.
“I’m enjoying my football,” he said. “Everybody who knows me knows that I’m at my best when I’m enjoying it and I have a smile on my face. I’m going out now knowing that I’m going to score goals and be a problem.
“Today I got two goals – I didn’t affect the game too much apart from my goals – but they were very important.
“I’m playing in the best league in the world, I’m 22 years old and I’ve got great team-mates around me. I’m enjoying football and I’m enjoying life at the moment.”
Ings added: “I feel as though I’m taking it in my stride. I knew goals weren’t going to come as frequently as last year but I think I’m coping with the league extremely well,
“I think my form is improving every single week, my touch is, my all round game is, and I’m getting goals as well.
“Scoring goals for the under 21s and again today I think it’s fair to say that I’m fitter, I’m improving, I’m getting stronger and I’m doing as well as I can for the team.”
Meanwhile, Ings believes Burnley’s recent momentum will make a huge statement in their bid to remain in the Premier League.
With successive victories under their belts, Ings said: “It makes a statement to everybody – we’re not going to get turned over. We’ve been playing extremely well in every game; I know results haven’t been coming very often but at the moment we’re building momentum and getting those points on the board.
“We ignore all the outside stuff – it’s about us and what’s in the dressing room. We’re improving every single week and you can see that in our performances.
“Even if we don’t play the prettiest football we’re grinding teams down, frustrating them and we got the three points.
“It’s the hardest league in the world coming up from the Championship but the lads are coping with it extremely well, our mentality is good, our form is good, our confidence is good and they’re all the ingredients you need to go forward.”
Ings was sidelined for games against Sunderland, West Brom and Leicester City earlier in the season after sustaining a hamstring strain in the goalless draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The striker believes the injury may have been a blessing in disguise as it’s made him more determined to succeed in England’s top tier.
“I’m just staying focused and trying to improve every day on the training pitch with the staff and the players and it’s working.
“It’s probably the best thing that could’ve happened because my form since I did my hamstring has been a lot better. As long as I keep building on that I’ll improve.”