Tyrone Mings is grateful for the impact John Terry has had on his development as the Aston Villa defender prepares for a potential England debut.
Mings, 26, is in the national squad for the first time ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifying double-header against Bulgaria on Saturday and Kosovo three days later.
He has been working with Terry, the former England and Chelsea captain who is assistant head coach at Villa, since January, when he joined the midlands outfit on loan from Bournemouth, a switch made permanent over the summer.
When asked about the 38-year-old former centre-back, Mings said: “He has developed my game for sure.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with some really good coaches over the years – (former Ipswich boss) Mick McCarthy, (Bournemouth boss) Eddie Howe, (Villa boss) Dean Smith. John Terry is just another great example of somebody I can learn from, who has been there and achieved everything I would want to achieve in the game.
“To learn from him and take little pieces of advice from him is something I feel really fortunate to be able to do.
“We do a lot of work on clips and reviewing my performances. So I feel like I’m in a really good place and I have a really good mentor to learn from.”
Mings added: “He tries to tell me to go through a game without being seen or without being mentioned.
“He says that is a good reflection of a centre-back’s performance – if they come off the pitch and nobody really knows what they’ve done and they’ve quietly gone about their business. So that is something I am trying to do more.
“After a game we’ll watch clips of my game back and he’ll then tell me what he likes and what he doesn’t like.
“He’s worked under such great managers and he’s obviously got all the experience that I would love to have, so things that he tells me really stick and we then try to implement that on the training pitch and work through different things.
“He gives me a little bit of criticism but at the moment it’s a lot of positivity.”
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