Danny Ings delighted with debut goals

Wednesday 20 Nov 2013
England Under-21s pair Danny Ings and Raheem Sterling celebrate a goal.

Danny Ings had a full England debut to remember on Tuesday as his two goals helped the Three Lions to a record win at Under-21 level.

The Burnley striker led the line from the start for Gareth Southgate’s team against what was a nine man defence at times, but a goal in each half and an assist meant he played a key part in the 9-0 win over San Marino.

And the Championship’s top scorer told TheFA.com he was pleased with the way it went in his second appearance for the Under-21s following his substitute appearance against the same opponents in Serravalle last month.

"I'm very delighted with the goals,” he said.

"It was one of those games where we had to be professional and move the ball quickly.

"We did that and I was delighted to get a couple of goals too.

"We showed that [ruthlessness] tonight, we switched the ball really well and quickly, didn't hold onto it too much and we took our chances.”

Ings’ first goal was a perfectly placed header from Tom Ince’s cross in the first half, but his second was a much more simple task, nudging home on the goal-line.

And he just beat England room-mate Carl Jenkinson to the ball to poke home and complete a memorable night for both of them, with the Arsenal defender later scoring and landing the man-of-the-match award.

"He's been coming after me all week in the room, so that was a little bit of payback,” joked the 21-year-old.

"It's all good banter, but it could have been a blue shirt that was coming in with me to clear it, so it's just my natural instinct to go in and try to score.”

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels