Both Tom Heaton and Tyrone Mings were once again selected for England manager Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers away to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, during the international break that follows Villa’s weekend trip to Carrow Road.
Both Villans didn’t get any minutes in the previous international break, which was Mings first time away with the England squad. As per then, there are no friendlies for Southgate to give both players a run-out.
Considering England’s defensive mistakes in their 5-3 win against Kosovo, there’s a real chance that Mings might see some action during England’s two away qualifiers though. Southgate will know that victory in the Czech Republic will pretty much rubber stamp their qualification, so even if he doesn’t venture to use Mings then, the Villa centre-back could get his first minutes against bottom of the table Bulgaria.
Mings will get a chance to team-up in the England squad with his Villa play-off winning teammate Tammy Abraham who made the squad.
The 22-year-old former Villa striker hasn’t yet declared for either England or Nigeria, who he’s also eligible to play for.
Abraham has had outings in two England friendlies, but if he gets against minutes this month in an Euro qualifier, he’ll be an England man for good.
Abraham, 22, had said he had “not made a decision yet” on his international future as he is also eligible to play for Nigeria, having only played for England in two friendlies and not a competitive game.
“It’s not ethically right to give someone a cap just so they can’t play for someone else,” said Southgate, at the squad announcement press conference.
“He and Fikayo Tomori are both in on merit and have been part of our junior system right the way through, so we see them as English players and they have a huge desire to play for England at senior level.”