Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Bank of Ing-land

Burnley FC

Will we have a full England international before too long? I think we will.

As most of you will be aware, van salesman turned TV star Dave Fishwick sponsors the Cricket Field stand at Turf Moor. He also started a small bank. He did this because he thought it was unfair that the market was controlled by behemoths who charged ridiculous fees.

The Premier League could be seen to be such a giant monster. One that swallows up all the talent leaving the lower clubs to fight for the scraps of flesh that are left behind. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. But let’s be honest, the football has probably got better since all this money has come into the game and especially because we made the promised land courtesy of Wade Elliott’s £60m+ goal.

However, the national team seems to have suffered in the same time period. This is, in my opinion, due to the influx of foreign players in to the game. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no objections to foreign players. Without them we wouldn’t have had the pleasure of watching Arthur Gnohéré, Marco Gentile or even Remco van der Schaaf. England just do not seem to be able to compete like they did in Italia 90.

English players are few and far between at the top clubs. There are exceptions of course. Let’s not forget the likes of James Milner. But, we’re never going to win the World Cup by continually wheeling out John Terry and Frank Lampard.

It would appear that Roy Hodgson, who I like despite his brain fart of managing Blackburn, also seems to agree with me and has begun looking to the future and the Euro’s of 2016 by pencilling in Danny Ings in his squad. (Warning: Daily Mail link)

Now some of you may know that I’m a slight fan of Danny Ings ever since I saw him make his Claret debut against Preston reserves at Chorley where he came off the bench and within minutes had chased down the defender, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball calmly in to the far corner of the onion bag. “We’ve got a new Mike Conroy here,” I remember thinking.

I said at the start of this season that he’d score 40 goals. People thought I was mental but records are there to be broken. 25 league and cup and two England U21 goals means he’s 67.5% of the way there. I genuinely think he can make the magic four zero figure.

Some people have commented that Hodgson is scraping the bottom of the barrel by considering Ings, but why is he? By this time next year he could, and probably will be, a Premier League player. He’s got the skill, touch and awareness needed by an international. He’s only 21 so maybe he lacks a bit of experience. But he’ll have another year by then.

I’d be absolutely delighted if he went on to play for England and if I’m being honest even if that wasn’t as a Burnley player but it probably will be.

He’ll be the first full England international that we have had since Martin Dobson – mark my words. You can bank on it.

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