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05 Sep 2019
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Aston Villa defender, Tyrone Mings says it would ‘fit’ to make England debut at St Mary’s. This after his release by Southampton as a teenager.

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For the first time, Tyrone Mings last week received a call up to the England senior squad by manager Gareth Southgate.

England played in EURO 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria at Wembley on Saturday and Kosovo at St Mary’s on Tuesday.

“I have thought a lot about it in terms of what could and couldn’t happen. I don’t hold any grudges over Southampton neither the decisions they made. If I’m completely honest, they were probably justified at that time.”

“Neither was i big enough nor physically developed enough to 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.” Said Mings.

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

The center-back has started all four of Aston Villa’s Premier League games this season. This after signing from Bournemouth for £20m in the summer.

The new environment

Ming spoke on how easily he has settled into the squad as a newcomer. Something echoed by teammate Ben Chilwell.

The Leicester City full-back made his senior England debut on 11th September last year. The 22-year-old says the international set-up has been “a very easy environment to come into.”

“We are a young group; we get along well away from football and we like to do things away from football. The majority of us have known each other for a long time.”

“People like coming away with England nowadays.”

Chilwell has been selected in the squad alongside club-mate James Maddison, who is yet to make his senior debut. The defender believes his Leicester colleague is “hungry” to succeed on the international stage.

“He has confidence in his ability,” added Chilwell. “He feels he is a valued member of the squad at Leicester and he wants to bring a lot of goals and assists to the team. It’s the same for him when he gets a chance for England, he will want to impress and try to stamp his mark on big tournaments coming up.”

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