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Danny Ings tipped as future England star after double in Clarets win

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Burnley striker Danny Ings feels he is going to score every time he takes to the pitch at the moment and has been backed by his team-mates to make a senior breakthrough for England.

Ings' early brace in Saturday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Stoke took his tally to three goals in his last four games, and came nine days after he netted twice in a friendly for England Under-21s.

Certainly the 22-year-old, the Clarets' top scorer in their 2013-14 promotion campaign, has found his form again since returning to action last month following a spell out with a hamstring injury.

And Ings said: "I'm enjoying my football and everyone knows that I'm at my best when I have a smile on my face. I'm going out and knowing I'm going to score goals and be a problem.

"I think I'm coping with the league well, and that my form, touches and all-round game are improving every week, and now I'm getting goals as well.

"The hamstring injury is probably the best thing that could have happened to me. My form since then has been a lot better. It's clear to see I'm improving and getting stronger."

Ings knows that continuing to hit the back of the net is likely to put him in England contention.

"I'm only young and there's a long way to go for that sort of step," Ings said.

"Obviously scoring goals for the Under-21s is only one level down but I need to maintain my form for my club. As long as I keep scoring then who knows?"

Ings' Burnley colleagues have every confidence that step will come for the frontman.

Winger Michael Kightly, the former Stoke man who set up Ings' second goal, said: "Danny is one of the best strikers I've played with. He is going to be a top player.

"It scares you what he can do so young. I think he'll be playing for England one day."

And Clarets defender Kieran Trippier said of Ings: "I think he can go all the way to the top. It is only a matter of time before he will be playing for England."

Burnley's win made it back-to-back victories after the 1-0 defeat of Hull and are now off the bottom of the table, replaced by QPR.

Stoke, who pulled a goal back through Jonathan Walters around the half-hour mark, had been hoping to make it two successive triumphs themselves, having beaten Tottenham 2-1 away in their previous match.

The Potters, currently 11th, will assess Victor Moses after the on-loan Chelsea winger suffered a leg injury.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes said: "We have key games coming up and need people available."

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