Gareth Southgate is ready to give Danny Ings a Euro 2020 audition.
England boss Southgate is keeping close tabs on in-form Ings amid huge concerns over Harry Kane’s fitness ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
Southgate has always been an admirer of 27-year-old Ings since his days with the England Under-21s and has been watching him and getting reports on the Southampton striker.
Ings, who also won a senior cap under previous boss Roy Hodgson, has scored 10 goals in his last 11 games for Southampton and is now definitely in the frame for a call-up for England’s next friendlies with Italy and Denmark in March.
They will continue to watch him but Ings’ form has put him in England’s thinking again as it its believed Southgate has come close to calling him up in the past.
Southgate will not turn back to Leicester ’s Jamie Vardy as it was the 33-year-old striker’s decision to quit England to concentrate on his club career, a choice which has reaped rich rewards.
Callum Wilson has been a regular in England squads but is badly out of form at Bournemouth and has not scored in the Premier League since September.
That has opened the door for another striker call-up as Southgate does not see Marcus Rashford as a natural centre forward and alternative to Kane.
Kane has undergone surgery on a torn hamstring and Tottenham last week issued a club statement and was initially ruled out until April.
However, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has suggested that Kane may not even be back until next season, which would be a devastating blow for England and the “homecoming” Euros with their Group games at Wembley.
But it is understood Kane is fully confident of being able to start light training by March before stepping it up by April.
Kane believes he will not only make the end of the season but will have played up to five or six games before the curtain comes down.
The England skipper is convinced he will be fully fit and match sharp by the time of the Euros and Southgate has been in regular contact.
Southgate has also been looking at Aston Villa midfieder Jack Grealish and has been at his last two games.
Despite Villa’s fight against relegation, Grealish has a big chance of being included for the forthcoming friendlies.
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