Cock-a-hoop Clarets striker Danny Ings insists it is a “dream come true” to be called up by England.
Ings admitted he was still digesting the news of his shock inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s U21 squad for their upcoming Euro qualifiers in San Marino and at home to Lithuania at Ipswich Town.
But the 21-year-old, who has not played for England at any level, vowed to seize the moment and impress Southgate if he gets his big chance.
Ings admitted: “I am over the moon at the call-up and it’s a dream come true for me, especially after the two years I have had.
“I am honoured to be selected in such an elite group of players.
“It’s a crazy time for me and I didn’t expect it, even though I have been scoring goals.
“But as I said, I am chuffed and I’ve had a lot of nice tweets and messages from Burnley fans, which is appreciated.”
Speaking about Ings’ selection, England coach Southgate said: “We haven’t got a lot of strikers playing regularly and I wanted to show that we’re not just looking at lads who play for the so-called ‘fashionable clubs’.
“Burnley have had a great start to the season, Danny has been a key part of that and Sean Dyche was very positive about him when we spoke.
“It’s great for somebody who hasn’t been in our system previously to get a call-up.
“There are ‘late developers’ out there, not that 20 is particularly old or late, but hopefully it will give hope to people at other clubs that we’re looking at not just the top teams.”
Ings, who will meet up with his new England colleagues following the Turf Moor clash with Reading tomorrow, added; “I’ve had a bad couple of seasons with injuries, but I’ve dug in and worked hard and now I’m getting the rewards for that.
“I’ve had my frustrations, but it’s great that I am fully fit, stronger than ever and playing as a striker and scoring goals for the team.
“It’s exciting and all new to me. I’ve never had a sniff before, but it’s an opportunity that I am definitely going to take.”
However, Ings insists all his thoughts are now on Saturday’s meeting with an in-form Reading team, as the Clarets look to strengthen their position as league leaders with a sixth straight victory.
The club has been buoyed by a good-news week, with Ings England call coming on the back of Sean Dyche’s Manager of the Month award, Jason Shackell’s Player of the Month nomination and back-to –back victories over Charlton Athletic and Doncaster Rovers.
Ings said: “I’m delighted for the manager getting his award because not only is he a great manager, but he’s a great people’s person as well.
“I get on extremely well with him and we have a good relationship and he definitely deserves it.
“It was great to see Shacks nominated too. To be honest, any of the lads could have been picked and I thought big Sam would have got a chance.
“He’s scored goals and set them up, but all the back four and the keeper, Tom Heaton, have been brilliant too.
“The feeling around the club is brilliant. We all fight for each other on and off the pitch and we’re getting the results.
“The main thing at the moment is that we have a massive game on Saturday and we need a result there.
“After that, I can concentrate on England!”
Why not come and show your appreciation for England's newest recruit as the league leaders host Reading at Turf Moor on Saturday, October 5 (3pm KO).
Prices start at £28 for adults.
From £17 for seniors.
From £15 for U22.
From £8 for U18s.
From £5 for U12s (Family Stand Price).
Tickets are available in person at the ticket office, via telephone on 0871 221 1914 (opt 1) and online by clicking HERE
Tickets can also be purchased in advance from the Clarets Store until 5pm daily during the week, or from the Clarets Store in Charter Walk until 5.30pm.
NB: The ticket office will be open on Saturday until kick off.