Tyrone Mings admits an England call-up felt just as a”different world away” when playing in non-league when employed as a mortgage advisor just seven decades ago.
Gareth Southgate for the approaching European Qualifiers called up the Aston Villa defender against Bulgaria and Kosovo, a thing he couldn’t envisage happening when turning out to Chippenham Town.
The 26-year-old – today 6ft 5in tall – has been released by Southampton as a child for being too small, but after spells with Ipswich and Bournemouth after breaking into professional football, he played an essential role on improvement at Villa since they secured promotion back into the Premier League.
Villa boss Dean Smith chose to sign a deal over the summer with up, and Mings is eager to impress for England following some impressive performances at the opening four games of the effort.
“Once I was playing football part time and working as a mortgage adviser I had different objectives, playing for England looked like a different world away,” he said.
“I just had to get into the professional game at that point.
“I can’t state that although I was sat at my desk cold calling or trying to educate people in their mortgages that enjoying fort England was an achievable objective.
“But I have been in a position to work with some wonderful coaches and been able to play for some amazing nightclubs, everything has culminated for me to the point.
“At different times I have had to reassess my own goals, with injuries and so on, but makes being sat here even sweeter.”