Paul Robinson raved about Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings and claimed he should be one of England’s first-choice centre-backs.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham goalkeeper revealed that he thought Mings had a “massive advantage” over his fellow England centre-backs as he was left-footed.
Mings won his second cap on Sunday by playing the full 90 minutes of England’s 4-0 win over Kosovo after previously being left on the bench for his nation’s emphatic 7-0 win over Montenegro.
Robinson revealed that he thought Mings was the answer to Gareth Southgate’s problem when it comes to the heart of his defence and suggested the Villans star should be the player to regular partner Harry Maguire for England.
When asked if Mings successfully staked his claim in England’s win over Kosovo, Robinson told Football Insider: “I was surprised that he was left out of the last game, 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.”
Mings has played every minute of the Villans’ Premier League campaign so far this season and even racked up an assist during the 3-1 loss to Tottenham on the opening day of the season.
The 26-year-old joined the Villans on a permanent basis from Bournemouth in the summer after previously spending some of his 2018/19 campaign on loan at Villa Park.
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