Tyrone Mings revealed he had to set himself new goals when it became clear his future did not lie in non-league football and mortgage advising.
The 26-year-old Aston Villa defender has been called up by manager Gareth Southgate for England’s European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo after a very different start to his career, which saw him plying his trade with the likes of Chippenham Town.
“I had other goals at the time when I was a mortgage advisor and playing non-league football,” Mings said.
Overwhelmed with emotion right now. I donât know what else to say other than Iâm incredibly proud to be called up to the @England squad. Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me up to this point 🦁 pic.twitter.com/KztXT4AsAW— Tyrone Mings (@OfficialTM_3) August 29, 2019
“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.
“But I’ve worked with some great coaches and played for some great clubs and everything has come together to get me to this point.”
Mings, who moved to Villa in the summer from Bournemouth, says he looks back on the adversity he faced during his childhood and uses it as a positive.
I can’t say when I was sat at my desk cold-calling that playing for England was a real achievable goal.Tyrone Mings
The defender lived in a homeless shelter with his sisters and mother as a child.
“In moments of difficulty there’s always positives you can take from them,” Mings said.
“It’s given me an ability to empathise with people outside of the game.
“Not that I feel it’s my duty but I really enjoy being able to lend a hand and give back to people, who are in a situation that wasn’t too far away from the one I was in.”