Mings hoping for St Mary’s bow for Three Lions


Tyrone Mings is hoping to be handed his England debut at St Mary's on Tuesday after he was rejected by Southampton as a youngster.

The 26-year-old central defender spent his teenage years with the Saints before eventually being released.

However, Mings eventually broke into the professional ranks when Ipswich signed him from Chippenham Town in 2013 for £10,000.

He then moved to Bournemouth in a £8million deal two years later, before becoming a permanent Aston Villa player in the summer following a successful six-month loan stint last term.

Villa agreed to pay a fee which could total a staggering £25m and it appears to be money well spent because he has impressed in their opening four Premier League games.

Indeed, his performances have resulted in a first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this next week’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria at Wembley on Saturday and Kosovo at St Mary’s on Tuesday.

Mings would like to be handed his Three Lions’ bow at Wembley, but feels it would be “fitting” to feature at the home of the club which released him.

He told the BBC: “There is not a lot I haven’t thought of in terms of what could and couldn’t happen. I don’t hold any grudges over Southampton. I don’t hold any grudges over the decisions they made because if I’m completely honest they were probably justified at the time.

“I wasn’t quite big enough, I wasn’t quite physically developed enough to maybe cope with the demands of the game. It will be a fitting story if I made my debut at St Mary’s and came full circle.”

Mings added: “I don’t think it would feel any more or less special doing it at St Mary’s than it would anywhere else.”