OVER 8.000 turned out to watch Tom Ince give an outstanding display for England Under-21s at Bloomfield Road.
The Blackpool winger played 76 minutes for Stuart Pearce’s men as they beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in last night’s friendly, and Ince was in the thick of the action.
The 20-year-old looked to have been fouled in the box before the break, then late in the game he was denied a wonderful solo goal by a decent save.
On his fifth U21 appearance, Ince was disappointed not to have scored his first England goal.
The Blackpool star said: “I thought it should have been a penalty – I was clean in.
“I had a lot of chances. They don’t seem to be going in for my country but they do for my club. I got myself in the box, calmed myself down and should have lifted it in at the near post. I should have scored.
“I need to keep getting in those positions, though.”
Ince hopes his display has helped him book him place in the squad for next year’s U21 European Championships.
He said: “We can only keep working hard for our clubs, and hopefully if we do we’ll be on the plane to Israel.”
Ince’s Blackpool team-mate Nathan Delfouneso did not feature in the England team, though Fleetwood Town full-back Conor O’Laughlin played the second half for Northern Ireland.