Ian Wright is backing Danny Ings to have a Salvatore Schillaci-style impact for England at Euro 2020.
The 27-year-old Southampton marksman is enjoying a season to remember in the Premier League, having bagged 14 goals so far.
How has Ings fared this season? Five things to know…
- Danny Ings is enjoying his most prolific Premier League season.
- He’s scored 14 goals across 22 matches – only Jamie Vardy (17) has scored more.
- As such, Ings is being tipped to add to his one England cap, which came away to Lithuania in October 2015.
- Ian Wright believes he can replicate what ‘Toto’ Schillaci did for Italy at the 1990 World Cup for England at Euro 2020.
- Schillaci came from relative obscurity to famously finish as the tournament’s top scorer that year with six goals.
His efforts in front of goal has taken the Saints from being inside the league’s relegation zone to sitting six points behind fifth-placed Manchester United.
Consequently, the former Liverpool striker has been tipped to earn a first international call-up since October 2015, when he earned his sole Three Lions cap.
Ings, under Roy Hodgson, came on for the final 31 minutes away to Lithuania but was unable to net a debut goal as England ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.
Now back to a semblance of his previous form, Ings could line up for Gareth Southgate when Italy visit London in March, and former national team goalscorer Wright is backing him to not only make their Euro 2020 squad, but end up being the most prolific scorer of the tournament, a la Italian centre-forward Schillaci at the 1990 World Cup finals.
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“Ings is doing brilliantly. He makes a lot of goals out of nothing,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“When you see the goals he is scoring – brilliant runs, half chances – if he can continue that form he can have a Toto Schillaci or a Diego Forlan [tournament].”