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Derby ace Tom Ince turns down England under-21 call

Tom Ince has been omitted from the England under-21 squad at his own request after choosing to concentrate on his football at Derby County.

Ince doesn't fancy playing for England's under-21 side. Credit: PA

The forward has been helping the Rams in their quest for Championship promotion having joined on loan from Premier League club Hull, where he failed to make an impact.

It's a decision which hasn't gone down well with England under-21 manager Gareth Southgate, and could yet cost Ince his place in future squads.

Speaking to the press today, Southgate said:

I've have had discussions with Tom and his dad over the last week or so and he has decided he does not want to considered for the Under-21s.

I have to say I was surprised. He has obviously been a regular for us all the way through the campaign.

But he feels at this moment in time he has got some priorities at club level. There is some uncertainty about where he is going to be at club level next season.

– England under-21 manager Gareth Southgate

Tom Ince joins Derby on loan from Hull

Former Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince has joined Championship high flyers Derby from Hull until the end of the season.

The Rams came agonisingly close to promotion last season after defeat in the play-off final, and hope Ince will give them enough quality to secure one of the two automatic places this time around.

Hull agree fee with Blackpool for Tom Ince

Hull will pay up to £2.3million for Tom Ince after they reached a compensation agreement with Blackpool over the winger.

Will Ince fulfill his potential at Hull? Credit: PA

Ince, 22, joined the Tigers during the summer after his deal with the Seasiders expired but, due to his age, Blackpool were entitled to recoup a fee for the England Under-21 international.

The two clubs were understood to be attending a tribunal last week in order to determine how much Ince would cost Hull and Blackpool confirmed on their official Twitter feed that a subsequent package had been agreed.

The club can confirm that a compensation package has been agreed with @HullCity for Tom Ince, without the need of a tribunal.

The Tigers will pay up to £2.3m for the 22-year-old, who moved to the KC Stadium on a two-year deal in the summer.

Ince, who is the son of ex-England captain Paul Ince, began his career at Liverpool but moved to Blackpool in the summer of 2011.

The winger started Hull's first three league games of the season this year but was loaned out to Nottingham Forest in November and has struggled to make an impact since returning to East Yorkshire.

– Blackpool statement