Tom Ince is eyeing a senior team chance as he prepares for U21s at Blackpool
is determined to make the step-up into the England senior squad, but not before he’s proved himself with the Under-21s.
The Blackpool winger has been an ever-present for the Stuart Pearce’s team this season after making his debut away in Azerbaijan
During that time the 20-year-old has helped England qualify for the UEFA European Championship
, which will be held in Israel next summer.
However, he’s not taking anything for granted and is focused on performing well each time he steps over the white line for club and country.
And on Tuesday night he hopes to line up for the Young Lions against Northern Ireland
at his club's home ground, Bloomfield Road, as they begin their preparations for the Finals in June.
“Every player’s dream is to play for their country at senior level and mine is no different," he told TheFA.com. "I feel that I'm getting closer and closer but all I can do is keep performing and working hard for the Under-21s and Blackpool. If that chance ever comes to me then I'll be ready to grab it.”
“It's a great challenge and honour to play for your country and you just have to make sure that when you go out you give 100 percent and show people why you are actually wearing the shirt.
“This may be a friendly against Northern Ireland, but they are close neighbours and there's that rivalry between the two teams."
Ince added: “For the younger players who have come in, they've been given an opportunity and will be looking to make an impression.
"So, too, will those who have played in the recent games. You can't just expect to have a shirt and be there at the Euros, you have to keep working hard and keep performing each week.
"Friendly or not, everyone will be out to give everything and impress the Gaffer."
Fans can get tickets to watch England’s young stars for the terrific price of just £10 for adults, £5 for children and a family ticket (two adults and two children) is only £25.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 0844 847 1953 or online at www.eticketing.co.uk/blackpoolfc