Tyrone Mings: It would be 'fitting to make England debut at St Mary's'

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Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings says it would be a "fitting story" if he made his England debut at St Mary's after he was released by Southampton as a teenager.

Mings, 26, was called up to the England senior squad for the first time by manager Gareth Southgate last week.

England play Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria at Wembley on Saturday and Kosovo at St Mary's on Tuesday.

"I have thought about it," Mings told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"There is not a lot I haven't thought of in terms of what could and couldn't happen. I don't hold any grudges over Southampton. I don't hold any grudges over the decisions they made because if I'm completely honest they were probably justified at the time.

"I wasn't quite big enough, I wasn't quite physically developed enough to maybe cope with the demands of the game. It will be a fitting story if I made my debut at St Mary's and came full circle."

Mings added: "I don't think it would feel any more or less special doing it at St Mary's than it would anywhere else."

The centre-back has started all four of Aston Villa's Premier League games this season after signing from Bournemouth for £20m in the summer.

'An easy environment to come into'

Mings spoke about how easily he has settled into the squad as a newcomer, something echoed by team-mate Ben Chilwell.

The Leicester City full-back made his senior England debut on 11 September last year and the 22-year-old says the international set-up has been "a very easy environment to come into".

"The manager and staff are all very welcoming and the players like to think we are a good group," said Chilwell.

"We are a young group, we get along well away from football and we like to do things away from football. The majority of us have known each other for a long time.

"People like coming away with England nowadays."

Chilwell has been selected in the squad alongside club-mate James Maddison, who is yet to make his senior debut, and the defender believes his Leicester colleague is "hungry" to succeed on the international stage.

"He is very confident in his ability," added Chilwell.

"He feels he is a valued member of the squad at Leicester and he wants to bring a lot of goals and assists to the team. It's the same for him when he gets a chance for England, he will want to impress and try to stamp his mark on big tournaments coming up."

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