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Tom Ince snubs England call

SNUB: Tom Ince has turned down the chance to play for England

SOCCER STAR Tom Ince has caused controversy after refusing to play for the England Under-21 side citing that he wants to concentrate on his club career.

Ince, 23, is currently on loan at Derby County in the Championship after a summer move to Hull City failed to see him secure a regular first team spot.

It has been suggested that the snub has not gone down well with Gareth Southgate, the under-21 manager, who has warned it could spell the end of his international career.

Ince 's pro career began when he signed for Liverpool as a youth player in 2008, and was handed a first-team squad number at the start of the 2010–11 season. On July 29 2010, he was an unused substitute for the first time in Liverpool's UEFA Europa League qualifier against FK Rabotnički.

He made his debut for the Anfield club on September 22 2010 as a 106th-minute substitute for Dani Pacheco in the club's third round League Cup defeat to Northampton Town at Anfield.

He has also played for Notts County, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and internationally for England at U17, U19 and U21 levels.

Ince is the son of Paul, who won honours and gained fame with Manchester United. Ince Sr created history in 1993 when he became England's first black captain at senior level.

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