Tyrone Mings is set to win his first cap for England tonight when Gareth Southgate’s side take on Bulgaria in Sofia.
The Aston Villa star is set to start at centre-back, according to The Telegraph, with Everton’s out of form Michael Keane dropping to the bench.
It is exactly what Mings deserves after his excellent form for Aston Villa since initially joining the club on loan from Bournemouth in 2019.
That deal was made permanent in the summer and the price-tag involved had plenty of neutrals scratching their heads.
As reported by The Guardian, Aston Villa agreed a £26.5 million deal for the player, a fee many felt was inflated.
However, given the price-tag of England’s currently flagging centre-half pairing of Harry Maguire and Keane, this Bulgaria fixture presents Mings with a chance to prove a point.
There is clearly an opening at the back, with John Stones’ continuing injury trouble and Mings has a tough battle on with young guns Fikayo Tomori and Joe Gomez.
But if he can shine against Bulgaria tonight he will not only rubberstamp his England credentials but also end the debate over his summer price-tag.
Aston Villa fans will be hoping their central defender can get the job done.