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Ings can still make his England dream a reality after latest international snub

Ings can still make his England dream a reality after latest international snub

With Jamie Vardy having effectively retired from international football, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck look to be the strikers England manager Gareth Southgate will utilise for the time being. 

But, with both Rashford and Welbeck not automatic starters at Manchester United and Arsenal respectively, the Three Lions boss may have to turn his attention elsewhere in the future.

And one player who Southgate could look to is Danny Ings.

The Breakdown

Ings has not played for England since making his international debut against Lithuania back in 2015 under Roy Hodgson, but has made it clear he has not given up on a recall.

“It [playing for England] is in the back of my mind,” Ings told the Evening Standard.

“I would never give up on that dream having tasted it but for now I just want to play as many games as I can. There’s so much talent in this country. It’s a huge challenge but I’m never going to give up on it.”

While Ings may have missed out on Southgate’s latest England squad, there is no reason why he cannot be called up for the next one.

The 26-year-old has started the season well for his new club Southampton, scoring two goals including the opener in the Saints’ 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last Saturday and looks to have put his injury woes behind him.

Ultimately, Vardy’s decision to take a step back from the international scene has made room for another striker to cement a place in future England squads, and Ings could be that man if he can maintain his early-season form and fitness.

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