🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Dean Smith on Tyrone Mings' journey to the England national team
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Dean Smith on Tyrone Mings' journey to the England national team
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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Dean Smith on Tyrone Mings' journey to the England national team

​Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes that John Terry would be the ideal mentor for Tyrone Mings whom Gareth Southgate has handed his first call-up according to Sky Sports. 

The England squad is set to take on Bulgaria and Kosovo in the Euro 202 qualifiers and Mings was included in the squad for his exploits during his loan spell at Villa when they fighting for topflight promotion. 

Smith told: "He (Mings) has got an ex-captain of his country and John's very good for the whole staff.

"I've said there's not many coaching staff that have as many titles and trophies as we have - unfortunately they're all with John!

"JT has been an influence on Tyrone since he's been here; he's getting better and better. JT will give him a heads up [about being in the England squad] but Tom Heaton is also a regular in the set-up."

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Mings has had a very interesting rise to his football career considering the fact that he was playing part-time while working as mortgage broker to make ends meet.

Despite the success he has achieved, Smith says that Mings cannot slow down just yet - he has to keep bettering his game. 

"I don't see it as a completed journey," said Smith. "His complete journey will be when he's played regularly for England.

"But yes, it's a hell of a journey, going from being a mortgage adviser to non-league football to snarling at Mick McCarthy when he comes off the pitch because he thinks he's not getting a contract, to playing in the Premier League and now the call-up.

"It's been extraordinary. He's worked very hard, he's a born leader in the dressing room and a very good player."

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