Clarets striker earns call up for Euro qualfiers
Clarets striker Danny Ings has capped a magnificent start to the season with a debut call-up to the England U21s.
The 21-year-old has been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the crucial European Championship qualifying double headers against San Marino and Lithuania this month. (full squad below).
England travel to San Marino for their third group game on Thursday, October 10, before hosting Lithuania at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road on Tuesday, 15th, as they aim to qualify for the finals in the Czech Republic in 2015.
It is the first call up by an England player to the U21 squad since Jay Rodriguez made his bow against Italy in February, 2011, and is the icing on the cake for Ings following a remarkable start to the season.
Ings reached double figures for the season by scoring his 10th goal of the season against Charlton last weekend to join a very select group of Burnley players.
In doing so, he became only the fifth member of this exclusive club, as only four times before in our long and proud history has a Burnley player hit ten senior goals before the end of September.
Oddly enough, the last time it happened, and only the fourth time ever, was last season, when former team mate Charlie Austin scored a total of eleven in August and September, 2012.
Before that, we have to go back 38 years to find the previous time it happened, with the great Peter Noble helping himself to eleven in August and September 1975.
The first time a Burnley player achieved the feat was in 1928, when the club’s all-time record goalscorer, the legendary George Beel, hit ten in the first nine matches of a season that didn’t kick off until August 25!
The only other occasion that the 10-goal haul has been achieved was a magnificent 12 goals by the prolific Ray Pointer, pictured, left, in August and September 1961
The England Squad
Goalkeepers: Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Barnsley, on loan from Stoke City), George Long (Sheffield United).
Defenders: Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal), Michael Keane (Manchester United), Jack Robinson (Blackpool, on loan from Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Southampton), John Stones (Everton).
Midfielders: Tom Carroll (QPR, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest, on loan from Chelsea), Will Hughes (Derby County), Ravel Morrison (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
Wide: Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United), Tom Ince (Blackpool), Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City, on loan from Manchester United), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United).
Forwards: Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Ings (Burnley), Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Manchester United).