‘One of them’ Ex-England boss has this Aston Villa advice for Gareth Southgate
Former England manager Steve McClaren believes Aston Villa ‘s Tyrone Mings is the perfect central defender to parter £80m man Harry Maguire in Gareth Southgate’s defence and was dissapointed not to see him feature against Kosovo.
Villa fans were looking forward to seeing their 26-year-old defender become the club’s first England senior international to be capped for four years as the Three Lions prepared for back to back qualifying clashes.
But Southgate has left Mings waiting for his senior England debut , opting instead to start Everton’s Michael Keane over him in the heart of defence – a decision that puzzled McClaren.
“In terms of modern centre-backs, who can defend one-on-one, who can go on the halfway line and press and keep the team compact, because that’s what is needed [for England], then it’s the boy Mings,” said McClaren, live on Sky Sports News.
“He’s unproven, but I was impressed with him last season with Aston Villa and with the start he has also made in the Premier League.
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“I think he was one of them that made mistakes but because of his pace, he got out of those mistakes.
“He has a great left foot and looks like a good character.”
England came under scrutiny following their 5-3 victory over Kosovo after yet another frail defensive performance under Southgate.
But throughout both games the Three Lions boss stayed true to his defensive partnership as both Keane and Maguire played every minute of the international break.
McClaren continued: “[Mings] on the left-hand side and Maguire on the right-hand side. When you look on paper, it looks pretty formidable.
“But ‘on paper’ means nothing, and that’s why I always say that the best two are not always the right two.”