Stoke keeper Jack Butland talks up ability of Burnley striker Danny Ings

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England U21 captain Jack Butland believes team-mate Danny Ings will respond positively to the disappointment of suffering relegation with Burnley.

The pair were up against one another at the weekend, with Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland producing a string of fine saves to prevent England U21 team-mate Danny Ings scoring what could have been his last goal for the Clarets.

Speculation has started already regarding the highly-rated striker's future, with Ings having been heavily linked with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United or Real Sociedad by the Daily Star, among others.

The Burnley forward is out of contract in the summer and manager Sean Dyche has previously admitted that he will be unable to keep the 22-year-old at the Lancashire club.

Having trained and played with Ings at international level, Butland believes the future is bright for the striker despite suffering relegation to the Championship with the Clarets this term.

"He's a natural goal scorer and if you give him the service he'll put the ball in the back of the net," Butland said in an interview with the FA.

"He knows where the goal is, his work rate is extremely high, and he's got quality with it as well. I've got no doubts about where Danny can get to.

"Without a doubt [he can impact at the top end of the Premier League].

"He works extremely hard and when you combine that with his talent and the fact that he’s down to earth and grounded as well, it bodes well for him and whichever team he ends up at and for England as well."

Ings has scored 10 goals in his first Premier League season, having previously played a key role in securing Burnley promotion from the Championship last season. 

Butland, clearly a fan of Ings, has been keeping a close eye on his England U-21 team-mate this season and believes the striker can be proud of his performances and should be looking to carry those standards with him as his career moves on.

"It’s not bad at all, but I know Danny would’ve wanted more," he continue.

"That just sums up the kind of player he is.

"I know Danny really well, I’ve worked with him for a few years now.

"I’m just gutted they’ve gone down, but Danny is a great player and I’m sure he’ll bounce back.

"Danny is a fantastic player, everyone at Burnley can see that."

Gareth Southgate will name a long-list of players for the upcoming European U21 Championship on Wednesday morning, with Butland and Ings both expected to make the grade.

"Hopefully he'll score plenty of goals for us this summer," he said.

"He'll get there definitely [achieving a full England cap], I'm sure of it. I give him my best wishes for his future."

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