Tyrone Mings has been named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
The Aston Villa star has been giving his thoughts on the call-up, which comes on the back of an impressive start to life back in the Premier League.
He told Villa’s official website: “I thought it was a prank. I’m delighted. It’s been a long journey, so obviously I’m over the moon. Dream come true, it still hasn’t sunk in.
“It was only when I called the player liason officer back that I believed it. The manager has shown huge amounts of faith in me so he was delighted.”
TBR’s View – England’s lack of depth offers Mings an opportunity
England have been short on top-class central defenders for quite some time now. John Stones, Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire played there together at the World Cup, but neither Manchester City star is in this squad.
Joe Gomez and Michael Keane are also there, but Mings is not competing with absolute top-quality players for a spot in Southgate’s side and the fact he is left-footed may also help him stand out.
There could well be a spot for him going forward in the squad if he continues to impress in the top flight and with the European Championships under a year away, he has a genuine opportunity.