Patrick Bamford makes Tyrone Mings claim after England call-up
Patrick Bamford has told The Official Leeds United Podcast that he was worried that things would be awkward with Aston Villa star Tyrone Mings after being called up to the England squad for the first time.
Bamford has something of a chequered history with Villa. Of course, he received a retrospective suspension after Anwar El Ghazi was wrongly sent off during a clash in the Championship.
And he went on to anger Villans fans for very different reasons last year as he scored a stunning hat-trick against Dean Smith’s men.
That game included a clash involving Mings and Bamford. Mings felt Bamford went to ground too easily at one stage. And he made his feelings clear by hauling the striker up.
That left Bamford wondering how they would get on when he was named alongside Mings in the latest England squad. But it seems he received an incredibly pleasant surprise.
“Do you remember when we played Villa last year and there’s that picture of Tyrone Mings pulling me off the floor? Every time I’ve played against him and Jack Grealish at Villa, it’s always been a little bit spiky,” he told The Official Leeds United Podcast.
“I thought this is going to be awkward. But I’m not joking you, they’re two of the nicest guys. They were so friendly and so easy to get on with.”
Bamford comments on Mings highlight key to England’s success under Gareth Southgate
Admittedly, England now have an outrageous amount of quality in their ranks. But the team spirit within the Three Lions’ squad has definitely played its part in the side’s success.
They reached the final of Euro 2020 in the summer. And in the process, they really seemed to galvanise a large part of the country at a time when divisions appear to be everywhere.
It is clear that the squad now enjoys getting together during each international break – with Bamford clearly being made to feel extremely welcome after his maiden call-up.