Clarets striker believes success at Turf Moor can lead to more Three Lions glory
Danny Ings insists that playing for England has made him even more determined to bring success to Burnley.
The Clarets striker became only the club’s third ever U21 international when he made his international bow last week in San Marino.
After playing in qualifying, Ings would now be eligible to compete in next summer’s U21 European Championship finals in the Czech Republic should Gareth Southgate’s squad qualify.
But the 11-goal striker, who has fully recovered from the ankle knock that ruled him out of Tuesday’s clash with Lithuania, insists it is only by continuing his blistering early season form for the Clarets that could give him a chance to link up with England again in the future.
“Obviously I was gutted to miss the second game with the ankle knock, but it was a great experience for me making my debut and it was really big for me and my family and meant so much personally.
“It is any footballer’s ambition to play for their country and it has made me more hungry to come back and carry on my form here and hopefully get selected in the future,” Ings told Clarets Player.
“The finals are something to aim for, by hopefully keeping my form up and get better each day in training.
“But my form for Burnley is the only thing that is going to get me there, so I need to carry on what I did before the international break.”
Ings admitted the unexpected call-up to the U21 squad was a dream come true for a player who was playing non-league football at Dorchester Town just three years ago.
And after linking up with his Turf Moor team mates again ahead of this weekend’s long trip to Ipswich Town, the former Bournemouth hitman insists the Clarets are ready to carry on where they left off before the international break.
Burnley head for Portman Road with eight wins in an unbeaten nine-match run stretching back two months to the only defeat of the campaign at Brighton.
He added: “All the lads went away and had a little break, but we’re all back together now and it’s important that we keep on going.
“It’s a long journey to Ipswich, but we need to carry on our form and I am sure we will do that.
We are top of the league and it’s a position that I want to keep. I know the lads to and they are hungry.”
On Saturday, October 26, Burnley welcome QPR to Turf Moor for the eagerly-anticipated clash between the two table-topping teams.
The Clarets currently find themselves in pole position in the Championship table on goal difference, thanks to some scintillating performances from the players and cheered on by the Clarets' faithful.
And with Sean Dyche's men looking to protect their SEVEN MONTH unbeaten home record, it promises to be a day to savour.
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