Clarets boss hopes for spon-off to Danny's international call-up
Sean Dyche believes Danny Ings’ England call-up is a clear sign that the club is on the up!
Ings linked up with his new international team mates for the first time on Monday as Gareth Southgate’s squad prepare for their U21 European Qualifiers against San Marino and Lithuania.
The striker’s scintillating start to the season, with 11 goals to his name and a Championship Player of the Month nomination, means he could follow in the footsteps of former Clarets Jay Rodriguez and Richard Chaplow in earning an international cap.
And Clarets boss Dyche insists his inclusion is a testament to both the player’s hard work and the club’s commitment to nurture young talent.
He said: “I am really pleased the club has a young England player! There are good signs here and Danny deserves his call-up.
“Make no mistake, he has been in fine form, from pre-season onwards, and taken it into the season, so he deserves it.
“And he is another good thing coming out of what we are trying to achieve here as a group.
“We talk about developing players and that’s a big part that I believe in, regardless of age.
“I still speak to Michael Duff about different things I feel he can learn from, improve and add in.
“But the younger element are the obvious ones you hope to effect and guide towards their betterment and the team’s.
“That’s the nice join with Danny. He is delivering performances for himself, but also for the team, with a really strong work ethic.”
Dyche has first hand experience of what Ings can expect as he trains with the national side under the watchful eye of U21 coach Gareth Southgate – and even England boss Roy Hodgson.
The Clarets boss was invited to join the England U21 set-up - by then coach and former Nottingham Forest team mate Stuart Pearce - just over 12 months ago, following his departure from Watford and before he was appointed Burnley manager.
And Dyche feels the experience will help improve Ings; with Burnley hopefully the beneficiaries!
He added: “A lot of my belief is guidance, but they have to self-learn as well and Danny will pick up on many things.
“I think he will learn from going around with a different group of people and an open-mindedness to new coaching and new voices.
“International football can be a little more tactical, slower and more methodical at times, just because a lot of oppositions drop off and let you have the ball.
“I haven’t spoken to Gareth about whether he will play and I wouldn’t do that. It’s entirely up to him what he does with the team
“I will speak to Danny later in the week to see how he is feeling, but we’ll try to leave him alone and let him get on with the whole experience.”
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