Clarets striker Danny Ings says he is ready to roar for England if he is selected for their upcoming U21s fixtures.
Gareth Southgate’s side step up their preparations for the European Championship this summer by playing hosts Czech Republic in Prague tonight, before facing Germany at the Riverside Stadium on Monday.
England have been staying at their Euro base this week to get a taste of their surroundings for the summer, and Ings is relishing playing two of the tournament finalists in games he feels could prove vital when the finals comes around.
“It’s been nice to settle in at our Euro base. We got first pick on the hotels as we’re the number one seed and it’s a great place,” said Ings.
“Two of our group games in the summer are about a mile away from the hotel which is obviously good for us.
“The training facilities are really good and the lads have looked very sharp so I think everyone is enjoying where we’re staying which bodes well for the tournament itself.
“Last time we met up we played Portugal at Turf Moor of course and France and it’s important we get the real tough games in as friendlies.
“In some of the qualifiers, with all due respect, we weren’t playing teams of that much quality at times so we need to test ourselves against the likes of the Czech Republic and Germany to
get a real gauge of where we’re at, and hopefully lay down a marker.
“I’m looking forward to playing if selected and hopefully they’ll be two cracking games.”
Many touted the Clarets forward for a senior call-up this time round due to his form in the Barclays Premier League this season.
But while admitting it is nice to get that sort of recognition, he is focused on continuing to improve all aspects of his game.
He added: “Sometimes people pick up injuries and others go up to the seniors. It’s fantastic for Harry as he’s a great player who deserves everything he gets.
“I hope he does extremely well for the seniors because a humble and hard-working lad who has deserved his call-up.
“If I’m selected for the U21s I’ll make sure that I do my best for the team and hopefully a few goals can come off the back of that.”
“As a player it’s always nice when your football is getting recognised and even more if it’s an international level for your country.
“But I never take any of that sort of stuff for granted. I never expect to be in any of those squads I just always focus on improving every day on my game and see where that takes me in the future.”