Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings looks set to make his England debut against Bulgaria tonight.
Manager Gareth Southgate had to make the change after England's 2-1 defeat to Czech Republic on Friday.
Mings enjoyed an impressive few months at Aston Villa. He replaced Michael Keane after the Everton defender struggled in Prague. There were talks that Liverpool’s Joe Gomez will make his return to the side as well.
Southgate is a fan of Gomez but his lack of first-team football play this season swung the call in Mings’ favor.
Defensive changesEngland certainly needed defensive changes after Friday’s disappointing performance against the Czech Republic.
It was England’s first qualifying defeat in ten years. The loss also exposed worrying flaws the current England squad has.
Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell will replace the suspended Danny Rose at left-back. Trent Alexander-Arnold will possibly come in for Kieron Trippier at right-back.
Changes in both midfield and attack might be necessary
Declan Rice missed training due to illness on Monday which opens up the chances of Tottenham’s Harry Winks starting in Sofia.
Ross Barkley could return to the starting line-up after his Chelsea teammate Mason Mount struggled on his first England start in Prague. Marcus Rashford will likely replace Jason Sancho, who didn’t make much impact in Prague as well.
Rashford remains one of Southgate’s favorites despite struggling in his own right. He has played the most minutes for England since Southgate took over as manager.
Mings' big breakFrom a player who contemplated quitting football due to lack of big league exposure to now becoming a player for England, Mings surely has gotten his big break.
The fact that he is part of team England is already a feat regardless of playing time. The only thing he has to do now is to impress.
Will playing for England be the break Tyrone Mings needs? How will his debut impact England's performance? Let us know what you think.
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