England rugby star Anthony Watson has lent his support to Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings.
The summer signing from Bournemouth, who helped Dean Smith’s side to promotion during a loan spell last season, made his international debut for England in midweek.
In footballing terms, it was a great occasion for the player as England won 6-0 in Bulgaria. Unfortunately, the game was also interrupted by racist abuse from the home support.
Speaking to Rugby Pass, the England winger, who is preparing for a World Cup quarter-final with Australia this weekend, Watson gave his support to his footballer friend.
“I spoke to him Tuesday and wanted to congratulate him on his debut, not in an ideal situation but I thought he handled it very well.
“To experience that in your first cap is not exactly an ideal situation but he took it all in his stride and as a mate, I am very happy for him and no doubt he will get many more caps.”
There is absolutely no doubt that Mings has carried himself with immaculate poise throughout this ugly issue.
It is not just rugby players who are taking notice, but Mings was even mentioned in the House of Commons this week.
Aston Villa fans will have no fear that the incidents of the past week will have distracted Mings from his preparation for weekend duties against Brighton.
Undoubtedly, he will receive a heroes welcome at Villa Park this weekend and rightly so.