Tyrone Mings has entered the senior England setup at the very first opportunity that he has had as a Premier League player for Aston Villa. He'll also be the first Villan since Fabian Delph to represent the England Men's team.
Here it is: your #ThreeLions squad for the #EURO2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo!https://t.co/h7MScWmxEx— England (@England) August 29, 2019
Mings will join goalkeeper Tom Heaton and link up with the England squad for the season's first international break and could feature in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Kosovo on the 07/09 and 10/09 at Wembley Stadium.
England Manager Gareth Southgate attended Villa's last Premier League fixture - a win against Everton - and had clearly left with a positive impression of the dominant left-sided centre back.
Mings' call-up will be a shot across the decks to his critics - who have pointed at an 'injury history' and a 'large fee' as major negatives. Tyrone, through his performances, has already silenced a lot of the criticism. It's only August, as well. Barely a whole month into his full-time Villa career and the argument against Mings, if it ever had legs, is basically dead.
Mings moved to Villa from Bournemouth after an impressive loan spell for £20 million, which may rise to £26 million. Certainly, due to Mings' success, Villa will have to stump up more cash - and move the needle close to that full £26 million fee.
For England, Mings will offer a catapult of a left-foot, genuine ball carrying ability, passing vision,heroic blocks and aerial dominance. As a natural left-footed player, Mings could enter the starting line-up by default to offer balance to the backline.
This call-up? It's surely just the start, and it is more than deserved.