Stan Collymore shared his delight for Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings after he earned a call-up to England’s senior squad on Thursday afternoon.
Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate has included the centre-back in his 25-man squad for upcoming European qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
The 26-year-old has been drafted into the England senior squad for the first time and has enjoyed a real turnaround in fortune.
Mings found himself struggling for opportunities at Bournemouth and a long-term injury during his time with them halted his progress.
But the left-footed defender joined Villa in the Championship last season on loan in January and played a key role in helping them earn promotion to the to-flight.
He completed a permanent £20million (BBC) switch to the Midlands giants in the summer and has made an impressive start in the Premier League with Dean Smith’s side.
Collymore believes that the decision to bring Mings into the England squad is totally justified.
“Well done Tyrone Mings! Fully deserved! Not just for the start to the season but a four year journey from a nasty injury. Absolutely chuffed for you!” Collymore wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Mings has quickly become a real favourite at Villa with his leadership qualities at the back and his no-nonsense approach to defending.
He’s now playing regularly in the top-flight where he belongs and is striking up a decent partnership next to Bjorn Engels in the heart of defence.
There are some Premier League centre-backs that have missed out on the England squad that may consider themselves unlucky after performing in the top-flight for longer, with Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Conor Coady and Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles in that camp.
But Mings now needs to make the most of an exciting opportunity in Southgate’s squad and prove the faith shown is warranted.