Danny Ings backs Big Sam – but isn’t thinking about England recall just yet

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Danny Ings insists he is not thinking about getting back in the England squad, despite calling new Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce a “great appointment”.

The former Burnley frontman had just broken into the squad under Roy Hodgson when he was cruelly ruled out for the season with a knee ligament injury. He has one England cap so far, earned when he replaced Harry Kane after 59 minutes in the team’s 3-0 win over Lithuania in Vilnius.

“I think it’s a great appointment,” said the 24-year-old.

“I’ve obviously never worked with him but I’ve spoken to people who have who say he’s the right man for the job. You can see he has a very strong mentality which I think will be good for us as a country.”

“It’s early doors for me to be talking about getting back in the England squad. I don’t like to aim too far ahead. The next stage for me is getting settled here and playing football regularly again. I want to enjoy my football again and become the best I can be. If that moment happens for me again in terms of England then it will happen naturally.”

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The good news is that Klopp seems to like Ings. The Winchester-born striker is strong, fast, and works hard – three attributes the German greatly admires.

Klopp appears to be happy to head into the new campaign with just three recognised strikers – with Ings being joined by Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane can also lead the line if necessary.

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