Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings thought England call-up was a prank

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Southgate names England squad

This weekend’s Premier League games are the final clashes before the first international break of the new season.

England will play twice in said break. The first of these comes vs Bulgaria on Saturday the 7th of September, and the second is vs Kosovo on the 10th of September.

Both ties are Euro 2020 qualifiers. England head into the games top of Group A with two wins from two games.

Ahead of the upcoming qualifiers, Gareth Southgate named his latest England squad on Thursday the 29th of August.

GUIMARAES, PORTUGAL – JUNE 06: Head Coach of England Gareth Southgate looks on during the UEFA Nations League Semi-Final match between the Netherlands and England at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques on June 06, 2019 in Guimaraes, Portugal. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Mings makes the squad

One of the more surprising inclusions in Southgate’s squad was Aston Villa defender, Tyrone Mings.

26-year-old Mings has yet to feature for England, but after impressing in the early stages of the season for newly-promoted Aston Villa, Southgate obviously saw something in the defender.

However, after being called up, Mings has since revealed that he initially thought he was being pranked:

“I thought it was a prank when I first found out.

“I got a text when I came in from training from the England player liaison officer Emily. I texted back saying, ‘Oh s**t’. Excuse my language.

“She then called me and said, ‘I’m not joking.’ It was only when I spoke to her on the phone, I knew it was genuine.

“Obviously I am delighted. It has been a long journey to get to this point. Everyone has their own journey. There are people in the England squad that have come from non-league too.

“It probably makes it a little bit sweeter but every English player’s dream is to be called up into the national squad. Hopefully I get a chance to play.” As quoted by the Mirror.

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