Sean Dyche believes Danny Ings has every chance to become a senior England international – as long as he continues his development.
The Burnley striker has not been included in Roy Hodgson’s latest squad, despite having been on the England manager’s radar.
Ings will instead join up with England U21s ahead of their friendly fixtures away against the Czech Republic and at home to Germany, as Gareth Southgate’s team step up their preparations for this summer’s European Championship finals.
But the Clarets boss insists his topscorer could soon be involved with the senior set-up.
Dyche said: “I’m not surprised that he hasn’t been called up, but I’d like to think he’s in the thoughts of Roy and his staff.
“There’s lots of other players out there who are doing well and obviously the main has been Harry Kane.
“I’d certainly promote the England staff to continue monitoring Danny because I think he’s got a freshness to the way he plays and he’s different to a lot of the centre forwards who would be considered.
“We’ve enjoyed what he’s doing here and he’s definitely learning.
“That’s the big thing when you’re a young player and particularly when you are playing at this level; it’s whether you are getting used to it, learning, developing and delivering performances and overall I believe he has.”
Asked if he expected Ings to receive a senior call-up in the future, Dyche added: “No guarantees. It’s for Roy and his staff to decide on.
“But I think as long as he keeps progressing, he’ll certainly be available and always there in the thinking.”
Meanwhile, Dyche also revealed he had spoken to Wales manager Chris Coleman before Ings’ strike partner Sam Vokes was handed a return onto the international scene for a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel earlier this week.
Vokes, who made his first Premier League start of the season in last weekend’s victory over Manchester City, will go on international duty for the first time since he suffered a cruciate ligament injury nearly a year ago.
And his club boss believes the international recognition represents another stepping stone, as Vokes continues his journey to full match fitness.
Dyche said: “I spoke to Chris [Coleman] and I let him know where Sam was at. I said it was touch-and-go whether he started on Saturday.
“I still think there’s more to come from him; the true match fitness that can only come from games, so we’ll try and be wise with that.
“I’ve mentioned many, many times for months now that I feel it’s important on a player’s recovery to be given time.
“He’s been given that and I saw it pay itself back with a good performance last week.
“But I still think there’s more to come as he gets used to this level and when the sharpness returns.”