Tom Ince was hounded on Twitter following his decision to reject a call-up to the England Under-21 squad, but we take a look at two reasons why it may be the right decision for him.
The 23-year-old, who played a big part in Gareth Southgate’s side’s qualification for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, caused a huge uproar when it was announced that he had turned down the chance to play a part in the upcoming games and tournament in order to focus on his club career, as reported by Sky Sports.
How can tom ince turn down a chance to play for England under 21's #disgrace— Fresh Prince Of Bean (@sexyLittle_) March 19, 2015
Tom Ince is just arrogant.— Ashley (@_ashley92) March 19, 2015
Tom Ince as arrogant as his dad. Shouldn't be allowed to play for England again— Alex King (@Alex_AK_King) March 19, 2015
Tom Ince, what a nob. Should never be in contention for his country again now, at any level. Don't know who he thinks he is.— Aaron Wood (@Nffc_Azza) March 19, 2015
The decision by the on-loan Derby attacker may seem an odd one, especially after working hard to get to into the finals in Czech Republic, but considering his club career is far from secure it could be considered a sensible choice, too.
We take a look at the two major reasons that indicates Tom Ince is right to reject the England U21 call-up for the upcoming games and the tournament in the summer.
Club career must come first in Ince’s case.
If the 23-year-old was established at a club then it may not have been a decision for him to think about. However, without a stable club career, it does stand to reason the focus should purely be on that.
If the Rams are promoted to the Premier League, the Hull City winger could make a permanent move to iPro Stadium, but given their recent form that feat will be far from straight forward for Steve McClaren’s men.
If Ince was to get injured in the upcoming internationals and be unable to play a part in the run-in for the East midlands side then it would limit his chances of a permanent deal in the summer.
At 23, it gives someone else a chance.
Although Ince has played a huge part in the qualification stage, the decision to pull out opens the door for another player to come in.
England are blessed with talented attackers and at 23 it would be his last ever tournament at that level. The door is now open to the likes of Jordon Ibe, when he returns from injury, and Alex Pritchard to make their mark.
It’s far from an arrogant move by Ince, who seems to suggest it’s more about getting the foundations of his career in place in order to improve and be able to push for a senior England call-up in the future.