Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings could cap a remarkable transformation by earning a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, according to the Daily Mail.
In February, Mings was out of favour at Bournemouth and headed to Villa Park on loan for the rest of the 2018/19 campaign.
Since then he has led Dean Smith’s side to promotion and signed permanently for £26.5 million from the Cherries (The Guardian).
He has started all three of Villa’s first three Premier League fixtures and is seemingly one of the first names on Smith’s team-sheet.
Southgate has injury doubts over John Stones at central defence; whilst Luke Shaw is out and Ben Chilwell is rated doubtful at left-back.
Given that Mings can cover on the left-hand side of the defence, his inclusion in the latest squad would make perfect sense.
TBR Verdict – Mings deserves call-up…but is he international class?
You’d have to be hard pushed to say that Mings doesn’t deserve international recognition, but question marks will be raised over whether he can cut the mustard.
A large part of Mings’ revival has come by playing exceptionally well in the Championship. He does have Premier League appearances to his name and has started three games for Villa this season.
Given that he is left-footed his call-up does make sense. The left-back slot could be up for grabs, or wing-back dependent on how Southgate chooses to play.
If he does get the chance to play it will be interesting to see how he performs.
It is one thing being good enough to play in the Premier League, but international football is a completely different ball game.
Mings could find himself under scrutiny should he get the nod this week.