Paul Merson has explained that he’s delighted Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings is in the current England squad, but claims Jack Grealish is “unlucky” to miss out.
Gareth Southgate has given Mings his first senior call-up to the England squad during this international break.
The 26-year-old centre-back will hope to earn his first cap in European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
He’s made an impressive start to the campaign in the Premier League following Villa’s return to the top-flight and done enough to catch Southgate’s attention.
Mings is a left-footed defender that has a major physical presence and is a beast in the air, but can play out from the back too.
Meanwhile, 23-year-old Grealish is back in the Premier League and the Villa captain has started well.
The central midfield has been directly involved in three goals in the opening five games across all competitions for the Midlands giants.
Ex-Villa player Merson has been discussing two of the key players from Dean Smith’s squad.
“Tyrone Mings is fortunate to make it in [the England squad]. He’s only been in the Premier League two minutes. Mings is an athlete,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
“He had a bad injury at Bournemouth but looks full of confidence now. He was a big part of Villa getting promoted and he won’t let you down. I’m pleased for him.
“Jack Grealish is unlucky as well. But you can’t have him, Mason Mount and James Maddison all in the same squad so someone had to miss out.”
Southgate is not afraid to pick players on form for England and it’s a refreshing approach that should make players optimistic.
Mings has been rewarded after an excellent start and training around the England group will boost him massively, but his challenge will be trying to keep his current standard.
He’s developed into a real leader in the backline for Smith’s side and does have the potential to be a positive in the England team.
Grealish is someone that Villa fans are crying out for to be in the national team and his time will surely come if he performs consistently in the top-flight.