‘Magnificent’ Mings deserves Three Lions call – Heaton

Aston Villa

Goalkeeper Tom Heaten claims Tyrone Mings has been "magnificent" for Aston Villa so far this season and fully deserves his first England call-up.

The 26-year-old was included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifying double-header against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

The centre-back has yet to be capped by the Three Lions but has impressed in the opening weeks of the Premier League campaign, having spent last season on loan at Villa Park while the club were in the Championship.

Southgate was full of praise for Mings when asked why he was included this time around – labelling the former Ipswich and Bournemouth man an “outstanding athlete”.

He will now compete with the likes of Harry Maguire, Joe Gomez and Michael Keane for a place in Southgate’s side for the clash with Bulgaria at Wembley next Saturday.

Heaton is likely to be among the substitutes but he is certain Mings deserves to be in the ranks.

“I have been massively impressed with Tyrone, seeing him at close quarters,” he said.

“I didn’t know too much about him other than he came for a big fee. However I have to say day in and day out he has been magnificent. There are a lot of good centre-halves in the Premier League.

“I could name seven or eight English ones that are knocking on the door – but I think he warrants his chance. To be honest, he has been absolutely outstanding. (He is) big, strong, quick and good on the ball.

“He thoroughly warrants it and I’m really pleased for him.”

The 2019-20 season is set to be the first chance Mings will have to play Premier League football on a consistent basis.

He joined Bournemouth from Ipswich in summer 2015 for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £8million.

However, a serious knee injury six minutes into his debut against Leicester and was ruled out of action until January 2017.

Mings then picked up a five-game suspension for stamping on Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the back-end of the 2017-18 season so only made four appearances.

A move to Villa in January gave him a lift as Mings scored two goals in 15 appearances to help Dean Smith’s side secure promotion via the play-offs.

And, having made a permanent switch to Villa Park for an initial fee of £20m, he has settled well in the heart of the defence with Villa unfortunate to have lost three of their opening four matches.

The reward of an England call-up could help push him on to fully realise his potential which will be of benefit to both club and country.