Danny Mills insisted Tyrone Mings has “gone off the boil completely” as Aston Villa continue to struggle defensively in the Premier League.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, even questioned whether the 26-year-old should be in the England side for the Euros this summer.
Mings was at the heart of a Villa defence that lost 2-0 to Southampton on Saturday to leave the League Cup finalists dangerously close to the drop.
Dean Smith’s side has the worst defensive record in the league having conceded 52 goals in 27 league games this season – one more than bottom-of-the-table Norwich.
When asked why the Claret and Blues had struggled at the back this campaign, Mills told Football Insider: “It is a surprise that they are that leaky in defence when John Terry is possibly the best defender the Premier League has ever seen.
“You think he would have a big say in what they do and how they defend but there has not been a cohesive unit.
“Tyrone Mings has gone off the boil completely. When you think about people saying he is a certain starter for England, well I do not see that anymore. Maybe he was fortunate to get his first caps.
‘Suddenly I am not seeing the qualities that he needs to pull on an England shirt for the Euros. Villa have struggled massively.”
The former Bournemouth defender earned his first England cap in October in a 6-0 away thrashing of Bulgaria – a game marred by racist chants from the home fans.
Villa fans know their defence will have to improve and quickly if they are to have a chance of taking home the League Cup this Sunday as they face the free-scoring Manchester City at Wembley.
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