Fresh England call-up Tyrone Mings has credited John Terry with helping him get into the England squad by working closely with him on his game.
As per the Telegraph, Mings has lifted the lid on how Terry has aided him during his time at Villa Park and the mantra he has drilled into him.
He said: “We watch clips back and John will tell me what he likes and what he doesn’t. He has all the experience that I’d love to have so anything he tells me really sticks. He gives me a little bit of criticism but mostly it’s a lot of positivity.
“He tries to tell me to go through a game without being seen or being mentioned. He says a good reflection of a centre-back is coming off the pitch and no one really knows what they’ve done and they’ve just gone quietly about their business. That’s something I’m trying to do more.”
TBR’s View – Mings has a genuine chance to establish himself with England
His character may be divisive off the pitch but there has been no better defender in the Premier League era than Terry.
England don’t have an elite central defender in Terry’s mould – and haven’t for quite some time – which creates a huge window of opportunity for Mings if he can continue learning from the former Chelsea captain.
There can be little doubt that Terry’s influence has been key to making Mings into an England player and while playing for the Three Lions is often about catching the eye, if Mings goes through this pair of games without being mentioned, he should be very happy with that indeed.