Sport Ings was close to England call-up

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

Southgate eyeing Ings call-up

  Southgate eyeing Ings call-up Southampton forward Danny Ings could be set for an England call-up this year, with Gareth Southgate watching his progress intently. According to The Telegraph, Southgate is a fan of Ings and is keeping track of his progress at Southampton. The forward has had a good start to his Saints career with two goals in three starts for the club in the Premier League. He scored the opening goal in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend, Southampton’s first Premier League victory. Ings’ Southampton teammates Ryan Bertrand and Alex McCarthy are in the current England squad, showing that Southgate is not afraid of calling up players from struggling sides. The report claims that Ings is in line for a call-up to the October international fixtures, when England face Croatia and Spain in the UEFA Nations League. He will have to continue impressing for Southampton, though, if he wants to represent his country.

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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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.

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