Tyrone Mings says England need to be more ‘streetwise’ and look at other nations that ‘master the dark arts’ when it comes to winning tournaments.
The center-half drew attention last week after escaping punishment for a blatant bodycheck by Austria’s Sasa Kalajdzic in the warm-up match for Euro 2021.
The challenge in the penalty area went unpunished, with Mings admitting he committed it because he knew there was no video assistant referee system in place.
When asked if he had been lucky enough to escape a penalty and, possibly, to have been sent off, Mings replied: “No luck, no, because I knew there was no not the Var “before admitting that he had perhaps seen red for that during the Euro.
However, he added: “But it wasn’t, was it? So we can go back to many different occasions in my career and we can say that if there had been the Var in this match, I would have been sent off.
“As a defender, I’ve done it several times in my career. When a cross is about to enter, block the attacker. It’s not against the rules. But that one was probably too aggressive… Football is very soft these days, you can’t get away with much. And like you say, if there had been VAR, I absolutely would have given a penalty. “
However, the 28-year-old has claimed that in the past England may have missed a bit of us when it comes to navigating tournament football – something that has come up for the first time by Wayne Rooney after the ignominious exit from the 2014 World Cup.
“But being streetwise is a huge part of the game,” Mings said. “You look at other nations and they are masters of the dark arts – staying on the ground longer than necessary, delaying reboots. Being streetwise is also sometimes beyond you because it coils up opposition and breaks their flow and rhythm.
There is further scrutiny of England’s defense especially with Harry Maguire’s injury – even though he resumed training on Thursday – casting doubt on who Gareth Southgate will choose and which roster he will use.
As Telegraph Sport revealed on Wednesday, the manager plans to use Luke Shaw to the left of a three-defender – a role Mings hopes he is also up for and has defended England’s defense in the two friendlies against Austria and Romania when they retired. chances but also did not concede in the 1-0 wins.
“Well the defense might not have been as secure as * you * would have liked, but we kept two sheets clean so we’re over the moon with that,” Mings said. “But of course we have missing players, and that brings its own challenges.”