Danny Ings has described scoring for England as one of the biggest achievements of his life.
The Burnley striker capped his full debut for the country’s Under 21 side with two goals in their record 9-0 European Qualifying victory over San Marino at Shrewsbury.
And Ings, who tops the Clarets’ scoring charts with 14 - and now has 16 goals to his name in 20 appearances this season for club and country - was delighted to open his international account.
He told Clarets Player: “It means the world to me to make my full debut for the England Under 21s and to cap it all off with a couple of goals means so much.
“For my family and me, it’s one of the biggest achievements I’ll ever have.
“I knew there were going to be opportunities for me tonight to get a goal on my debut and I am glad I took them.
Ings scored his first in the 17th minute at the Greenhous Stadium, heading home Tom Ince’s right wing cross.
And the England number nine doubled his tally three minutes after the re-start, forcing the ball over the line from Jesse Lingard’s deflected effort.
Ings added: “The first was good build-up play and I just wanted to position myself in the box and attack it and luckily it came to me and I managed to flick it home off the far post.
“For the second, it was one of those striker’s instincts where you see the ball heading towards goal and think ‘no-one else is having that’ and I’m just glad I got a toe on it.
“I’m delighted to get the two, but I felt I could have had more. On another day I could have had four or five but I am happy to come off the pitch with two.
“But I can’t complain. I’m playing for the England Under 21s and I’ve scored a brace.”