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Rodgers backs Saints striker Ings for international call-up

Leicester City 1 Southampton 2

Danny Ings
Danny Ings

By Ian Parkes

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers believes Southampton striker Danny Ings is worthy of a place in Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Rodgers, who signed Ings on a free transfer from Burnley in the summer of 2015 during his time as Liverpool boss, watched the 27-year-old sink the Foxes at the King Power Stadium on Saturday with an 81st-minute winner in a 2-1 victory.

The vital goal in the come-from-behind win took Ings' tally to 16 this season, with 10 of those in his last 11 Premier League games.

Asked whether Ings could step in for England, Rodgers replied: "Yeah, there's no doubt.

"When he was at his best in and around Liverpool he was certainly a player for that there. I would definitely say he would be in consideration for that.

"Danny has always been an outstanding player. He has an eye for goal, wants to run in behind. His goal was (typical) Danny Ings, really. Off the shoulder, in behind and he finishes it really well.

"He just needs to keep the consistency and availability and he'll show he's one of the best strikers about."

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