Tom Ince is eager to win back his place with a resurgent England Under-21s side
By Jessica Long
Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince hopes that the England Under-21s can carry the form shown in their 6-0 win over Scotland into their 2015 European Championships qualifying campaign.
The side underperformed at this summer’s tournament in Israel, where they lost all three games, but Ince believes the big win against Scotland at Bramall Lane earlier this month was the perfect preparation for their upcoming matches.
England’s qualifying campaign, for the 2015 competition in the Czech Republic, begins on 5 September where they will face Moldova at Reading’s Madejski Stadium.
He told TheFA.com: “I have been injured the last couple of weeks so I wasn’t able to be involved in the 6-0 win against Scotland but it was a fantastic start for the 21s.
"We have to go into the qualifiers like we did for the last qualifiers. We have to make sure we prepare just as good if not better.
“We need to go in to next year there with two wins out of two and make sure we start the year off right."
Ince has been capped eight times at Under-21 level, scoring two goals, but he has already set his sights on playing for the senior side like his father; Paul.
Paul Ince played 53 times for his country and wore the captain’s armband seven times. And now Ince Jr is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious dad.
He added: “It is a dream of mine.
“I didn’t expect to be wearing an Under-21s shirt so soon when I have only been playing professional football for two and a half to three years, so to be involved and to have done what I have done so far is great.
“I have to keep my feet on the ground as I realise it is going to take time and it is going to be a long road.
“But my dream is to play at the top level and try to replicate what my Dad did and if not, try and do better.”