Ings stars in England Turf winDanny Ings scored a brace as England U21's made it 11 successive victories with a 3-1 win over Portugal at Turf Moor.
The Clarets striker was the star of the show, with Michael Keane and Nathaniel Chalobah also involved as Burnley welcomed back international football for the first time since May 2007.
Ings got England off to a perfect start after less than six minutes before settling the score in the second half with his third and fourth goals in six international appearances.
Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson, currently on loan at West Ham, was on the scoresheet for England, too, in Gareth Southgate’s side dominant display.
Meanwhile, Keane played the full 90 minutes at centre-back while Chalobah made a substitute cameo shortly after the break.
England began the game on the front foot with centre forward Ings straight into the action.
On three minutes, the Burnley striker went on a mazy run, outmuscling Rúben Neves before skipping past two other opponents, and was inches away from applying the finishing touch following Jenkinson’s ball in.
It wasn’t long before Ings could celebrate though.
Thomas Ince received a pass from man-of-the-match Nathan Redmond on the right side of the penalty area and his ball in across the face of goal was emphatically turned home by the England number nine at the near post.
Ings could have then doubled the lead only for first his header and then an ambitious volley missing the target as he continued to threaten with his movement and workrate.
Just before the break, Jenkinson scored the second before Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back for Portugal shortly after the restart.
However, Ings soon restored England’s two-goal advantage with a simple tap-in from Redmond’s low cross following a move started by substitute Chalobah.
The Young Lions comfortably saw the game out and Ings received a standing ovation from the Turf Moor faithful as he made way for Patrick Bamford in the closing stages of a very competitive and enjoyable friendly match.
England: Butland; Jenkinson, Keane, Gibson, Garbutt (Robinson 79); Forster-Caskey, Carroll; Ince, Hughes (Chalobah 57), Redmond (Pritchard 73); Ings (Bamford 79).
Portugal: Rui Silva; Esgaio (João Cancelo 46), Figuereido, Venâncio, Rafa Soares (Bruno Gaspar 84); Rúben Neves (Antonio Carvalho 84); Rúben Pinto (Fábio Sturgeon 70), Bruno Fernandes (João Teixeira 69); Bernardo Silva; Ricardo Pereira (Ricardo Horta 46), Bruma (Carlos Mané 70).
Goals: Ings 6, 58, Jenkinson 44 – Bernardo Silva 48