Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has been discussing his centre-back Tyrone Mings following his recent call-up to the England national team.
Mings initially joined Aston Villa on loan in January and went on to have a stellar second half of the season, helping the club back to the Premier League.
Aston Villa subsequently spent a reported (The Guardian) £26.5 million to bring the fan favourite to Villa Park permanently.
His excellent form with the club was then rewarded with a first England call-up for the recent qualifying matches with Bulgaria and Kosovo.
Whilst Mings did not manage to earn his first England cap, he clearly found the experience rewarding. Smith explained to the Express and Star how Mings was impressed by the professionalism of some of England’s biggest names.
“Tyrone has come back from the England set-up and the first thing he has said to me is how professional the top players are, the Raheem Sterlings and Harry Kanes of this world.
“I think Tyrone is a really good professional, that can only influence our dressing-room and make him better.”
There is no doubt the England call-up would have done a world of good for the Aston Villa star. Playing alongside top professionals can only help his game grow and Aston Villa will hope to reap the benefits of that sort of exposure.
He will now have to continue performing at the highest level to maintain a spot in the England squad going forward. Hopefully, a cap is just around the corner.