Martin Dobson: Danny Ings has been close to England call for two years

Martin Dobson says Tottenham Hotspur linked Burnley striker Danny Ings has been playing superbly for the last two years.

Burnley legend Martin Dobson has told the Lancashire Telegraph he feels Danny Ings has been knocked on the door for an England place over the last two years.

Ings has been one of the best English strikers in the Premier League this season with seven goals and three assists to his name, which Dobson has labelled as ‘exceptional’.

“I think he’s got a great chance, he’s doing very well and he deserves everything he gets,” said Dobson.

“He’s a young player whose performances over the last two years has been exceptional. He’s shown he can score goals at the top level which is very, very difficult for a striker to do.”

Ings has been in great form over Burnley’s last four games and Dobson has also suggested that the striker may be overlooked in favour of other players at supposedly bigger clubs.

As far as Sean Dyche is concerned, he won’t be bothered one bit if failure to go into an England squad means the club get to retain Ings and wrap him up in cotton wool so he doesn’t have to play extra games.

On the flip side, a place in an England squad could expose Ings to a higher standard of training and matches, which is only going to mean positive things for his performances, leaving Burnley to reap the rewards when he’s back at the club.

The challenge for the striker is going to be how he copes and reacts when Premier League defenders get to grips with how he’s playing.

It’s also going to be a challenge for the club to keep him ground with reports such as the one in the Daily Mail suggesting that Tottenham Hotspur are interested in offering him a high profile move.

For Ings it’s a case of get his head down, work hard and hopefully Roy Hodgson will give him a chance.

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