Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings should be a regular in the Three Lions starting line-up.
The centre-back has broken into Gareth Southgate’s squad recently and has even started two of their last three games against Bulgaria and Kosovo respectively (Transfermarkt).
England are now looking ahead to Euro 2020, but Southgate still needs to decide on his first choice partnership at centre-back.
Whilst Harry Maguire looks a nailed on starter given he has started all 10 of their fixtures in 2019, the second position looks up for grabs.
Each of Mings, John Stones, Michael Keane and Joe Gomez have featured alongside Maguire this year (Transfermarkt), but Robinson believes that it is the Aston Villa man who should get the nod and has admitted that he was stunned that the 26-year-old was dropped for the recent game against Montenegro.
Robinson told Football Insider: “I was surprised that he was left out of the last game (vs Montenegro), really surprised that Gareth Southgate put John Stones into the side, one because of his lack of game time and two because I think the way Mings played in the game before that, he deserved to keep his place.
“He’s had a problem at centre-half, and I worry if the solution will be found before we face better teams, but I think Tyrone Mings is the answer to his problem.
“He’s made it clear that Maguire is his No.1 centre-half and Mings should be his partner.
“I was surprised that he was left out the last game, he’s very very good with the ball at his feet, he’s comfortable, he’s a left-footed centre-half so that gives him a massive advantage over others.
“I’ve played with two right-footed centre-halves and neither want to play on the left, so he brings that balance, he is good in the air, he’s strong, he reads the game well and I think him and Maguire should be the centre-half partnership.”
Whilst Mings has done well in his two England appearances so far, keeping clean sheets in both matches, it is still debatable whether he is, as Robinson suggests, the answer to the Three Lions’ problem at centre-back.
After all, he is still in the infancy of his international career and, with all due respect to Bulgaria and Kosovo, he wasn’t really tested in either of his appearances.
He needs to prove himself against a better quality of opposition before being considered as definitely good enough to start for England, both at club and international level.
That said, his rivals for the position are not pulling up any trees either. Stones has barely featured for Manchester City this season (Transfermarkt) and the same can be said for Gomez (Transfermarkt), whilst Keane has recently been dropped by Everton (Transfermarkt).
If Mings can play consistently well for Aston Villa between now and the end of the season, he will give himself a great chance of nailing down a starting position for his country.
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