Jack Butland backs U21s team-mate Ings to bounce back

Tuesday 19 May 2015
Jack Butland and Danny Ings are England U21 team-mates under Gareth Southgate

England Under-21s captain Jack Butland believes Three Lions team-mate Danny Ings can bounce back after Burnley’s relegation from the Premier League.

The pair were on opposing sides at the weekend, with the Stoke City goalkeeper producing a string of saves to deny Ings what is likely to have been a final goal for the Clarets at Turf Moor.

Ings is out of contract at Burnley in the summer and has been linked with a move away at the end of the campaign, with boss Sean Dyche admitting he's unlikely to be able to keep the striker at the Lancashire club.

England Under-21s striker Danny Ings during training at St. George

Ings will be hoping to be in Southgate's squad for this summer's Euro Finals

And having trained and played with the 22-year-old on the international stage, Butland believes there’s a bright future in store for the former AFC Bournemouth man.

"He’s a natural goalscorer and if you give him the service he’ll put the ball in the back of the net,” said Butland.

"He knows where the goal is, his work rate is extremely high, and he’s got quality with it as well. I’ve got no doubts about where Danny can get to.

"Without a doubt [he can impact at the top end of the Premier League].

"He works extremely hard and when you combine that with his talent and the fact that he’s down to earth and grounded as well, it bodes well for him and whichever team he ends up at and for England as well."

Ings has scored ten goals in his first season at Premier League level after firing Burnley to promotion last season. However, was not quite enough to help Dyche’s team survive in the top flight.

But after keeping close tabs on his progress this season, Butland believes Ings can be proud of his performances and strike-rate against some of the best teams in the country.

"It’s not bad at all, but I know Danny would’ve wanted more," he said. "That just sums up the kind of player he is. 

"I know Danny really well, I’ve worked with him for a few years now. 

England Under-21s goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Butland has captained the U21s throughout their Euro Qualifying campaign

"I’m just gutted they’ve gone down, but Danny is a great player and I’m sure he’ll bounce back.

"Danny is a fantastic player, everyone at Burnley can see that."

U21s boss Southgate will name a long-list of players for the Euros on Wednesday morning, with both Butland and Ings likely to be on the squad sheet.

And the former Birmingham City stopper is looking forward to playing behind Ings during their trip to Czech Republic next month.

"Hopefully he’ll score plenty of goals for us this summer," he added.

"I know what he’s capable of and it will be nice to play with him this summer. 

"He’ll get there definitely [achieving a full England cap], I’m sure of it. I give him my best wishes for his future."

The U21s will play Belarus at Barnsley FC’s Oakwell in their final send-off for the Euros on Thursday 11 June.

 Tickets for the game are on sale now, by calling 0871 2266777 or e-mailing boxoffice@barnsleyfc.co.uk.

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