Tom Ince will make it like his father

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When 22-year-old Tom Ince joined Hull City in the summer on a free transfer, many people were shocked after hearing he turned down financial giants such as AS Monaco and three-time Champions League winners Inter Milan. 

Ince justified the decision with a desire to play in the Premier League, from which he gained a lot of respect.

The 23-year-old this week rejected the chance to play for England Under-21s, at the age of 23.


Whilst most of the public initially saw this as disrespectful, former England captain Paul Ince - who enjoyed spells with Manchester United and Liverpool - insists his son did not want to be considered for the Under-21 European Championships as he needs a resting period for the good of his career - in order for him to be fully fit and at his best for the new Premier League season with Hull.

With players still under 21 already in the senior England setup, such as Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley, Ince should be pushing for the senior team rather than being an experienced Under-21 player.

Strength in depth

Paul Ince was keen to ensure his son was playing first team Premier League football, 'hopefully for Hull', giving the inference that he feels this is the route to the England senior team.

There is depth in his department, with players already in the England squad, such as Sterling and Barkley, as well as Andros Townsend, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

There are also players short of senior call-ups that could rival Ince, such as Norwich's Nathan Redmond, Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha who hasn't played for England since 2012, and even Scott Sinclair who has been incredible on loan at Aston Villa.

Destined for the top

Ince has already hit six goals in eight games for Derby, a staggering figure for a midfielder - he could be just what England need, and under his father's guidance, he is trying to make sensible decisions.

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