Darren Bent is confident that Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings will end up being in the England squad for this summer’s European Championships.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate will lead England into Euro 2020 with a real sense of optimism and they will be looking to build on the success of reaching a World Cup semi-final.
Mings has managed to break into the England set-up this season due to his impressive performances in the Premier League.
The centre-back has been included in the squad for the last three consecutive international breaks and earned his first two senior caps during that time too.
He is a 6ft 5in colossus that has a real presence at the back with his height and power, but can play out from the back too with real composure.
Ex-Villa striker Bent has admitted he prefers Mings to Manchester City counterpart John Stones and the duo will both hope to part of England’s plans in the summer.
Stones, 25, has been a regular in the England team in recent years, but is currently struggling for regular starts at club level.
“I think he’ll be in the [England] squad [for the European Championships]. His last international he played he played really well in difficult circumstances and I think he’s done relatively well for Aston Villa this season. As a defender I’d rather have him than John Stones,” Bent told Sky Sports’ The Debate Show (15 January).
Mings may be battling relegation from the top-flight with Villa this season, but he looks cut out for international football with his style of play and he’s a real leader.
He’s an ever-present in Dean Smith’s XI that is crucial to the club’s survival hopes and he’s going to be right in the thick of it during the remainder of the season.
Southgate’s England selection will be intriguing come the summer and surely he should prefer to go with players that are playing regularly.