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Sport Ings was close to England call-up

13:26  14 september  2018
13:26  14 september  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Southampton forward Ings struggling for fitness ahead of Palace clash

  Southampton forward Ings struggling for fitness ahead of Palace clash Southampton could be without star striker Danny Ings when they make the trip to Crystal Palace this weekend. Saints manager Mark Hughes addressed the media on Thursday afternoon as he looked ahead to the clash with Palace. As quoted by the club’s official website, Hughes delivered an update on the condition of his squad and revealed that Ings has been struggling with a foot problem. “We’re in a good place in terms of our fitness. For the most part, we’re all available. We’ve got a slight concern with Danny, he’s got a sore foot. We’re going to have to settle that down, he hasn’t been on his feet too much this week.” Hughes is set to have a near-clean bill of health heading into the fixture at Selhurst Park, but Ings’ availability remains uncertain as he continues to nurse a blister on his foot. Ings was forced off in the second-half of Southampton’s 2-1 home defeat against Leicester City, with an ongoing knock clearly inhibiting his ability to perform at full pace. “We felt that was the best thing, to take the pressure off the area. Hopefully that’ll allow him to be in a better place in terms of the injury.” Palace will be keen to defeat Southampton this weekend as Roy Hodgson looks to help his side back to winning ways.

England opted against calling up Danny Ings to their most recent international squad, despite keeping a close eye on him.

The Mirror reveals that Gareth Southgate and his staff considered bringing the Southampton forward into the fold with the Three Lions lacking in the final third, but decided against the decision.

Ings has impressed since joining from Liverpool and there had been suggestions that he could be brought back into the mix.

The striker has one England cap already and has never hidden his intention to add to that.

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Southgate is currently suffering a similar headache to Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, in how best to supplement Harry Kane when the striker is being rested or not available.

West Ham expressed a summer interest in signing Danny Ings

  West Ham expressed a summer interest in signing Danny Ings West Ham were one of several clubs who expressed an interest in signing new Southampton recruit Danny Ings from Liverpool in the summer transfer window, according to a report from Paul Joyce for the Times. Ings was eyed by a number of Premier League clubs in the summer but made a last-minute move to Southampton as he targeted a return to the south coast. The 26-year-old signed for the Saints on an initial season-long loan move which will become permanent next July for a transfer fee believed to be set at £18 million. West Ham were active throughout the summer and bolstered their front-line with the signing of Lucas Perez from Arsenal. However, as per the report from the Times, the Hammers had emerged as potential suitors for Ings, who sought a move away from Anfield to ensure that he would be playing regular first-team football this season. Ings has so far scored one goal in his first three outings for Southampton.

The Three Lions struggled to create and lacked any real focal point in their recent victory against Switzerland, in which the Spurs striker started on the bench.

England have looked to Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke as a back-up, but if Ings can continue his strong start to the season, he’ll undoubtedly put himself in contention.

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Hughes admits that the technical quality of Ings has surprised him .
Southampton manager Mark Hughes has admitted that the technical quality of Danny Ings is ‘a level better’ than he first anticipated. Speaking to the media ahead of Saints’ home clash with Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday night, as quoted by the Daily Mail, the manager heaped praise on his striker, who has already scored twice this season. “I knew he was a very good player but his technical ability is probably a level better than I thought. He has come in and impressed me in terms of the way he is able to receive the ball, manipulate the ball to create space and his understanding of dropping the shoulder to gain an extra yard or two.” Ings has been a key component of Southampton’s team in the early periods of the new campaign and has led the line well, catching the eye of many with his impressive all-around performances. The 26-year-old forward joined in the final stages of the summer transfer window, with Southampton and Liverpool agreeing on a loan deal with an obligation to buy, believed to be worth around £18 million. Hughes continued to praise Ings and alluded to his desire to not only score goals himself but to also act as a provider for the team. “Obviously, he wants to score goals but he also gets a lot of pleasure from making chances for others.” Ings has proven to be worth his weight in gold so far this season for Saints and will be desperate to continue his rich vein of form if he lines up against Brighton on Monday.

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