Danny Mills has blasted Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings after his forearm smash on Saša Kalajdžić whilst on international duty, as reported by talkSPORT.
England enjoyed a victorious beginning to their warm-up campaign for the European Championships, defeating Austria 1-0 in a drab contest at the Riverside Stadium [BBC].
Villa fans would have been particularly interested in the fixture, as three of their heroes – Mings, Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins – all featured for a new look England side [Guardian].
The main talking point of the game from a Villa perspective seems to be a baffling moment of madness from Mings.
Facing his own goal, the 28-year-old proceeded to thrash his elbow into the Austrian target man’s face as he progressed into the England penalty area, leaving him crumpled on the deck.
Unsurprisingly, mass condemnation has surrounded the bizarre challenge, including this damning verdict from Mills.
Speaking to talkSPORT live on air this morning, the former Leeds United full-back unequivocally stated: “If that’s vs Croatia you’re down to 10 men & possibly out of the tournament.”
“It’s crazy! To do that in that situation, I’ve no idea what he was trying!”
The Verdict: Lucky lucky
Given the stakes at play in the coming weeks, it is hard not to agree with the opinion of the 44-year-old pundit. Whether it be for club or country, challenges such as this have no place in the modern-day game, and the presence of VAR at the tournament would have surely seen the Villa man sent off and a penalty awarded.
Luckily for Tyrone Mings, he mainly escaped punishment due to the absence of video assistant referees in Wednesday’s clash.
The former Bournemouth defender will need to tread far more carefully if he wants to be a part of England’s push for major tournament glory.
In other news, Aston Villa hold shock transfer interest in a proven goalscorer.
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