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Tyrone Mings admits an England call-up felt like a”different world away” when playing non-league whilst working as a mortgage adviser only seven years ago.
Even the Aston Villa defender was called up by Gareth Southgate to the approaching European Qualifiers from Bulgaria and Kosovo, a thing that he couldn’t envisage happening when turning out to Chippenham Town.
The 26-year-old – today 6ft 5in tall – was released by Southampton as a kid for being too modest, but following spells with Ipswich and Bournemouth after breaking into professional football, he played an important role on improvement at Villa because they secured promotion back to the Premier League.
Villa boss Dean Smith chose to sign up on a deal on the summer, and Mings is keen to impress for England following some impressive performances in the opening four matches of the campaign.
“After I was playing soccer part time and working as a mortgage adviser I had different objectives, playing for England seemed like a different world away,” he said.
“I just needed to get into the professional game at that point.
“I can not state that while I had been sat at my desk cold calling or trying to advise people with their mortgages that enjoying fort England was an achievable goal.
“But I have been in a position to function with some amazing coaches and having been in a position to play for some terrific clubs, everything has popped to get me to the point.
“At different times I’ve had to reassess my own goals, with accidents and so forth, but makes being sat here sweeter.”

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