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England’s Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Bulgaria was overshadowed by vile acts of racism, which saw the game halted on more than one occasion with the referee even threatening to abandon it altogether.
Gareth Southgate’s men thrashed the home side 6-0 to go three points clear in Group A but had to deal with the most toxic of atmospheres at the Vasil Levski Stadium.
Marcus Rashford, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane all got their names on the scoresheet as they made a serious statement on the pitch.
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But in defence, Tyrone Mings, who was making his England debut, was a standout figure.
The 26-year-old not only kept a clean sheet but he also put in a performance well beyond his years, which was capped off by a thoroughly professional attitude considering he faced the brunt of the racial slurs throughout the 90 minutes.
Per SofaScore, Mings won 100% of his aerial duels, completed 100% of his take-ons, and proved to be an effective outlet when playing from the back with 95% passing accuracy.
Aston Villa’s main man should still savour this momentous occasion despite it being marred by the vulgar scenes, as his performance will surely have put him in Southgate’s long-term plans.
Over the weekend, England’s usual centre-back Michael Keane was blasted by fans and then criticised by pundits like Alan Shearer for his part in the Czech Republic defeat, which ultimately saw him dropped for this fixture.
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As the figures show above, Mings has the pace, power, and technical ability to become the Three Lions’ mainstay left-sided centre-back, a role he plays in regularly for Villa alongside Bjorn Engels.
His actions in dealing with the abuse from the crowd and his subsequent post-game interview also allowed him to display phenomenal leadership qualities, which is maybe something England have lacked defensively since the likes of John Terry and Gary Cahill have retired from international duty.
Described as a ‘bargain’ by John Percy of The Telegraph, Mings will surely take the reins from Keane in November when the home nation will play the final two matches of their Euro 2020 qualification campaign.