‘We need to be ruthless’

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Ricardo Fuller wants Blackpool to become more ruthless in front of goal and his team-mate Tom Ince has the same message for England U21.

Veteran striker Fuller has scored twice in eight games since his summer switch from Charlton. But although Pool are still in the Championship play-off zone, they go into next Saturday’s home clash against Wigan without a win in five games.

Fuller, who turns 34 at the end of the month, is pleased with his and the team’s progress but feels some of the last four drawn matches should have been turned into wins.

The Jamaican said: “We are very happy with our start to the season but there are games we should have put to bed when we have been comfortable.

“We’ve controlled a few of the games big-time and scored in many of them but then given away goals in the second half.

“We have ended up drawing games and losing two points, so in that respect we are disappointed not to have more points. But apart from that the start has been great.”

But despite back-to-back goalless draws ahead of the international break, Fuller sees no cause for any negativity.

He added: “We’ve been beaten only once in 11 games and are only six points off the top, so we have given ourselves a really great platform to build on.

“I don’t think many fans would have dreamed of such a good start.”

Manager’s son Tom Ince is among the Pool players away on international duty and he is looking forward to his tenth England U21 appearance in Tuesday’s clash with Lithuania at Ipswich.

Ince showed his trickery in the 4-0 win over San Marino in Thursday’s European Championship qualifier, though he didn’t add to his two England goals and is calling on his countrymen to show a “lethal streak”.

Ince said: “It doesn’t matter who you play – whether it’s Spain, San Marino or Lithuania – we have to make sure we have a lethal streak about us because all eyes will be on England at any age group.”

England are aiming to redeem themselves in Euro 2015 after a miserable campaign at this year’s championships in Israel.

Ince recalled: “We thought we had the easier group of the two.

“But it showed what football can do to you if you don’t put your mind to it and approach it with the right attitude.”

This time around the U21s have a new manager, Gareth Southgate having replaced Stuart Pearce.

Ince knows the new manager well but admits that calling his ‘boss’ will take some gettng used to.

“We (the Ince family) have a place close to his in Portugal, so when I’m on holiday I’d always see him as ‘Gareth’.

“I’d never come across him as being my manager – now all of a sudden he is.”