Hull City’s Tom Ince may not feature in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the upcoming friendly against Norway, but the winger has reiterated his ambition to break into the England setup in the near future.
The former under-21 international first established himself at Blackpool in 2011 after joining from boyhood club Liverpool, before enjoying a stellar 2012-13 Championship campaign, in which he scored 18 goals in 44 games.
Experiencing his first taste of Premier League football after joining Crystal Palace on loan for the second-half of last season, the 22-year-old then moved on to Steve Bruce’s side this summer on a free transfer, and believes the setup at the club can help him make the step up to international football.
‘My immediate ambition is to help Hull City first and foremost, and to push on from last year,’ he told Sky Sports News HQ.
‘And, on an individual basis, it’s to try to score more goals. Obviously I’ll work hard for this team, but I’ve got ambitions to break into the England senior team and I feel in the next season or so I can achieve that.
‘This club, with the players I’m alongside, can develop me and make me a better player.
‘It’s still early days – I’m only 22 and have a lot to learn – but the opportunities are here for me to take and if I can take them then who knows.’
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The son of 53-times capped Paul Ince, the younger Ince certainly has some big shoes to fill and, after failing to impress during his eight-game spell with Palace last season, questions remain whether he can become the big-name talent some have billed him as in the past.
Nevertheless, few question his potential to become a Premier League stalwart and, with England looking to rebuild following their disappointing World Cup campaign, opportunities could be there if he goes on to impress with Hull over the coming months.