England Under-21s newcomer Danny Ings speaks about his first international experiences
San Marino v England
UEFA European U21 Championship
Qualifying Group One
7.30pm, Thursday 10 October 2013
Olympic Stadium, San Marino
Danny Ings says he has enjoyed his first taste of life on the international scene this week, as England Under-21s prepare for Thursday’s game with San Marino.
The Burnley striker has been in red-hot form this season, with his 11 goals helping fire the Clarets to the top of the Championship.
And that goalscoring touch caught the eye of Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate, who rewarded him with his first international call-up for the double-header with San Marino and Lithuania.
After training at the Olympic Stadium in Serravalle, Ings told TheFA.com: “It’s been brilliant, and exciting at the same time.
“It’s a new experience for me, one that I didn’t really expect and it’s been good.
“To be honest, I was looking forward to the international break, but then I got the call-up and I was excited to come.”
The 21-year-old has been at Turf Moor for over two seasons now, but had been hampered by injury prior to this campaign.
But with a full pre-season behind him and with bags of confidence from his club’s fine start to the season, Ings is glad of the opportunity to impress at international level.
“I haven’t really had any sniffs in the past, but it just shows what form can do for you,” he added.
“The lads have been fantastic. I’ve played against a few of them before so I know the faces and what they are about but it’s been good to be involved in such an elite group of players.”
Watch the full interview with Ings in the video player below or to the right of the screen.