Can Mings become an England regular?
Tyrone Mings could make his England debut over the coming days but can the Aston Villa defender become a Three Lions regular?
The 26-year-old earned his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior squad following some impressive performances, both in the Premier League and in helping Dean Smith’s Villa win promotion from the Championship last season.
Mings is one of four recognised centre-backs in Southgate’s squad and he will be competing with Harry Maguire, Joe Gomez and Michael Keane for a place in the team for the matches against Bulgaria and Kosovo,
With both those upcoming games being competitive qualifiers, Mings may have to bide his time before he makes his international debut, but he will be hoping, at the very least, to catch the eye during training as he bids to become a squad regular.
England aren’t necessarily blessed with an endless supply of central defensive options, with John Stones, who is currently working his way back to full fitness with Manchester City, perhaps being the only player that could currently knock Mings further down the pecking order.
Indeed, Mings’ recent form appears to have moved him ahead of the likes of Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski and Brighton defender Lewis Dunk, who have both previously featured in squads, in the pecking order, while he has also been handed a first call-up ahead of Wolves captain Conor Coady.
Mings will certainly be hoping possession is nine-tenths of the law when it comes to retaining his place in future squads, particularly as the season is likely to end with England competing at Euro 2020.
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Of course, no matter how much the former Bournemouth player impresses during his time with England, the main way he can consolidate his place on the international stage is by performing week in and week out for Villa.
Mings certainly has the perfect mentor to work alongside at Villa Park, as former England and Chelsea defender John Terry is currently working as Dean Smith’s assistant.
Terry represented the Three Lions at two World Cups and two European Championships during a nine-year international career, while he also captained his country on a number of occasions.
Mings has already been tapping into Terry’s extensive knowledge of the international game and he feels the 38-year-old has certainly helped him to become a better player.
“He has developed my game for sure,” Mings told reporters. “John Terry is just another great example of somebody I can learn from, who has been there and achieved everything I would want to achieve in the game.
“To learn from him and take little pieces of advice from him is something I feel really fortunate to be able to do.”