Tyrone Mings admits an England call-up felt like a”different world away” when playing non-league while working as a mortgage advisor only seven years ago.
The Aston Villa defender was called up by Gareth Southgate to the upcoming European Qualifiers against Kosovo and Bulgaria, a thing he couldn’t envisage happening when turning out for Chippenham Town.
The 26-year-old – now 6ft 5in tall – has been released by Southampton as a child for being too modest, but following spells with Ipswich and Bournemouth after breaking into professional football, he played a key role on loan at Villa as they secured promotion back into the Premier League.
Villa boss Dean Smith chose to sign up on a deal over the summer, and following some impressive performances in the opening four games of the effort, Mings is keen to impress for England.
“When I was playing football part time and functioning as a mortgage advisor I had different objectives, playing for England looked like a different world away,” he explained.
“I only needed to get back into the professional game at that point.
“I can’t say that while I had been sat in my desk cold calling or attempting to advise people with their mortgages that playing fort England was an achievable objective.
“But I’ve been able to work with some great coaches and been in a position to perform for some wonderful clubs, everything has surfaced to get me to this point.
“At various times I have had to reassess my goals, with injuries and so forth, but that makes being sat here even sweeter.”

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