Gabriel Agbonlahor has dismissed Roy Keane’s criticism of Aston Villa and England defender Tyrone Mings as “unfair”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Villa and England striker insisted Mings has been a “rock” for club and country this term.
Keane on ITV, as reported by the Daily Mirror, blasted the 27-year-old for his role in Belgium’s second goal.
The former Manchester United midfielder questioned why he did not jump when in the wall as Dries Mertens expertly converted a 20-yard free-kick to secure his side a 2-0 victory.
However, Agbonlahor has hit back at Keane’s comments and claimed the Villa star is a “100 per cent starter” for England at next year’s Euros.
He told Football Insider: “I think that’s unfair. I think Tyrone Mings has been outstanding for Villa this season.
“He’s been a rock at the back and he’s been outstanding for England as well.
“Against Belgium he was a rock, Romelu Lukaku couldn’t pull off his shoulder and try and out pace him because he matched him for pace.
“I feel like that’s what England need in that back line, they need someone with speed to play alongside Joe Gomez or Harry Maguire or Michael Keane or Eric Dier, you need someone with speed back there. Mings, for me, is a 100 per cent starter.”
Mings now has earned six England caps since making his international debut in October of last year.
He has not missed a minute of Premier League action for his club this season and has played a vital role in a defence that has kept four clean sheets in seven games.