Football - Dyche 'proud' of Ings call-up

Sean Dyche has praised new England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate for being brave enough to pick players from the Sky Bet Championship following the call-up of Burnley's Danny Ings.

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Southgate chose Ings, who has 11 goals to his credit already this term, in his most recent squad for the fixtures with San Marino and Lithuania alongside the likes of Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha, Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and West Ham's Ravel Morrison.

With such an array of attacking options to pluck from, Dyche was delighted that the man who has helped fire his team to the top of the table was included in Southgate's ranks.

He said: "I'm proud for him (Ings) and proud for the club to have another player with the Three Lions on their chest.

"It's a fantastic thing because it's getting more and more difficult for clubs outside of the Premier League. It shows good bravery to pick players outside of the Premier League. They obviously value the standard that they're playing at at the Championship and recognise it when it's on show."

Ings is just the latest Burnley forward to enjoy a purple patch in front of goal as current QPR striker Charlie Austin averaged a goal every other game at Turf Moor prior to leaving this summer and before him there was Jay Rodriguez, now with Southampton, who struck 31 times in 105 league games.

Dyche insists there is no specific magic formula behind the Clarets' production line of prolific strikers but believes setting the right environment can be key to seeing a striker flourish in front of goal.

"There's a number of factors," he added.

"It's the players' responsibility to deliver performances. It's how they adapt to managers, to training, to coaching, and we think ours have been very open-minded.

"We think we set a good environment and culture for players to develop and improve. Alongside that, we think it's an enjoyable place to be and I don't personally think it was radically different last year. The wins and the fact we're top of the league adds to the players' mentality in order to develop and progress."

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