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I had other goals at the time when I was a mortgage advisor and playing non-league football. Playing for England seemed like a different world. I can’t say when I was sat at my desk cold-calling that playing for England was a real achievable goal.
The Aston Villa defender completed his journey from non-League football to the England squad in September 2019 when he was called up for the first time by Gareth Southgate.
After starting out with Yate Town and Chippenham Town in his native south-west while working as a mortgage advisor, it was a move to Ipswich Town in 2012 which kick-started his career in the professional game.
His performances at Portman Road saw him watched by Southgate with regards to an England MU21s call-up before he eventually earned a switch to AFC Bournemouth in 2015.
But a serious knee injury there restricted his early appearances before a loan switch to Villa in 2019 saw him help the Midlands club to promotion from the Championship.
They signed him on a permanent basis ahead of their return to the Premier League for the 2019-20 campaign and after catching Southgate's eye, he was rewarded with a call-up for the games with Bulgaria and Kosovo.
He made his debut in the win over Bulgaria in Sofia, an occasion which will sadly be remembered for the racist abuse suffered by the England players and staff including Mings.
But with a 5-0 victory on the pitch, Mings will have his own special memories to take from the game.
"He’s got good athleticism and is a really good talker, he’s impressed us with the way he organises others and we need a bit of that from the back."Gareth Southgate