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Noel Whelan says that Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings will be desperate to make the step up to playing for England after being left as an unused substitute in the most recent set of fixtures.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker says that he wants to see the 26-year-old given a chance to play for his country and that Michael Keane’s shaky performance against Kosovo could give Gareth Southgate a dilemma.

The Everton man, partnered alongside Harry Maguire, made a costly mistake in the opening minute of Tuesday’s game and looked unconvincing in possession.

Whelan says that he would love to see what the Villa star has to offer the Three Lions in the next international break and that Mings will be desperate to get his chance to play for his country sooner rather than later.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I think that every player that gets into the England squad would be desperate for their first cap. I don’t think he’ll be sitting there thinking: ‘I’m glad he (Keane) has made a mistake,’ but this might give something for Gareth to think about in the next internationals.

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“I’d like to see him out there, I really would, I’d like to see what he could do. The next internationals, he might be needed. There might be injuries along the way and this last performance, defensively, might be sitting on his (Southgate’s) mind.” 

Mings, who initially moved to Villa from Bournemouth on loan back in January, has played in every one of the Villans’ Premier League games this season having helped Dean Smith’s side to promotion via the play-offs.

He has a total of 21 top-flight games under his belt to date and never featured at any other level of England side during his youth career.

In other Aston Villa news, Whelan has told Football Insider that one player needs to up his game at Villa Park or face being benched.