Tyrone Mings went viral on Wednesday night as he was spotted by viewers in an off the ball incident and somehow escapes punishment.
The Aston Villa defender has left supporters stunned after escaping a red car for a cynical and dangerous challenge during England’s 1-0 win over Austria.
He was given his chance to impress at centre-back alongside Conor Coady for the pre-Euro 2020 friendly, with the Three Lions still without lead defender Harry Maguire through injury.
Although the pair helped his side keep a clean sheet at the Riverside Stadium, Mings was very fortunate to remain on the pitch during the first half.
We can’t have stuff like this going on with VAR in the actual tournament.
Really confused as to what on earth has gone on there and why he’s done it.
— Ellis Platten – AwayDays (@ellis_platten) June 2, 2021
As Austria went on the attack, the Premier League player cynically blocked the run of Sasa Kalajdzic inside the box by dangerously bodychecking the striker with a forearm to the face.
Fortunately for the defender, VAR wasn’t in use for the international friendly, but the referee and his assistants also managed to miss what happened which allowed Mings to escape the challenge completely unpunished.
It does though raise concerns for England defenders’ capabilities heading into Euro 2020 with their first game coming in just 10 days time against Croatia.
As mentioned, Tyrone Mings was spotted by viewers in an off the ball incident, see what they made of it below…
@padderr: Hes full of mistakes. Anybody who has watched Aston Villa regularly this season will know that Ezri Konsa is the better footballer. Rare mistakes, composed on the ball, a great eye for a pass also. Mings has them qualities but can be very clumsy
@Colly1961: I do watch Villa regularly and you are right, Konsa is class. Mings is good, makes the odd mistake, but he’s smart enough to know that when VAR is in play, he won’t be doing that. People pile in on him on SM, but he’s very good tbh, which is evidenced by Villa record this season.
@gu77ed: How he is in this squad i’ll never know…
@kemttr: What he does best! He’s a shocker of a centre back, I’ve seen better Sunday League defenders!
@mr_kay_bee: That’s a straight red card and a penalty
@MarkAEverson: The guy is a liability. I cannot begin to understand how he’s ahead of Lewis Dunk in Southgate’s mind.
@Davozzs: even as a villa fan i cannot stand him so clumsy if he does this in the tournament it goes to var and its a penalty just got to pray he never plays
@idkk712: Godfrey Konsa Tomori all clear at cb
@parmy_82: Can’t believe Southgate watched Villa play numerous times and thought Mings is better then Konsa
@DarrenS12_: Genuinely slammed him and looked at the ref
@bevmitchell2801: Proving he should not be in the squad.
@NUFCgallowgate: Terrible every single time I’ve seen him.
@gbale777: How the hell he’s been picked ahead of Tomori is beyond me. When we played against Milan, even though they conceded 2, he was a beast!
@harryrushforth_: He’s gonna cost us the tournament
@AFCfantalk1: Can’t be anywhere near the starting XI if we’re serious about competing
@Mohamma68873770: Didn’t know england was playing rugby today.
@cameroncraig146: only got picked cos he’s left footed change my mind
@SK_arsenal: He’ll get away with it because he plays for Villa. If it was Stones or Maguire they’d get absolutely battered.
@C1919W: That is Mings in a nutshell; a limited, error-prone, thug. Just happens to play for Southgate’s old club. If he played for Burnley he’d be on his holidays right now.
@timmsy_ks: Can’t believe that wasn’t given as a penalty. And a red card.
@Hezmyy: Championship quality at best, things he’s the best defender since sliced bread
@grinchblade: Been more beneficial to get rid of him and take another right back. White must be pissed off that calamity getting in ahead of him.
@GBOR11879: IMO following that, he should not be allowed to play in Euros, friendly or not retrospective action should take place! Blocking a run I understand but deliberately raising your forearm into his face in that manner could have caused serious injury
@chiragcp1982: Mings is dirtiest player in prem
@GCussons: Absolute prick
@Dby32: Let’em know ya there early doors
@btfcchewy: This is why he cannot play for England, utter liability
@clifty04: @alancecil @AlexBroom_ If this was at the Euros & had VAR then Mings has just given away a penalty for being an idiot. Godfrey, White, Konsa have all had much better seasons than Mings. Thankfully, unless Stones gets injured & Maguire doesn’t recover we shouldn’t see him feature.
@TWLUFC: This is why he should be nowhere near the England squad. Not England quality.
Mings when Austria come forward. pic.twitter.com/zDSXaVw5oj
— Jon Hopper (@jonhopper17) June 2, 2021
More importantly the only explanation for this is that he’s a Croatian spy for next week pic.twitter.com/cdHplPfmk6
— ben ashdown (@bennnyboi2010) June 2, 2021
Gareth Southgate admits his head will be on the block if England fail to reach the latter stages of Euro 2020.
Asked if anything less than reaching the semi-finals would be deemed a failure, he replied: “Yeah, it probably will.
“I think we’re realistic about that, we have to live with that expectation. We know the excitement around the team and it’s great, we’re now relevant.
“Expectations were lower (in Russia). We’ve got some exciting players and I don’t think these players are at their peak by any means. I think when I look at some of the players working with us it’s so exciting for England in the future.
“I’ve got to try to manage the expectations for the players. I accept the situation as a manager, there’s expectation, I have to deliver.
“We have to deliver as a group of staff, it’s not about me in terms of if we can be successful. But, of course, it’s about me if we fail. No problem, that’s the gig.
“But for the players, I’ve still got to bear in mind they are a young group, they have still got a lot of progression to make, some are now learning how to win things, being involved in big matches. It’s brilliant for their progress and opportunities for England, that’s what we want.
“Are we ready to win? Well, we’ve been to two semi-finals so the next step is to try to go further.”