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Smith: Mings can stake his claim


Tyrone Mings

Tyrone Mings

Tyrone Mings

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has told defender Tyrone Mings to carry on doing what he is doing if he wants to catch the eye of England boss Gareth Southgate.

The 26-year-old, a £20million summer signing from Bournemouth, impressed during a loan spell at Villa Park last season and has been tipped to secure international recognition if he continues his progress.

Smith is convinced he has a future England player on his hands and, as Mings prepares to face his former club in the Premier League tomorrow, wants to see more of the same from him.

He said: "I don't think we're blessed with too many left-footed centre-backs in the country. I'm fortunate, I've got two because I've got Kortney Hause as well.

"He catches the eye, certainly, with how he plays. He's very good on the ball, he's athletic, he's good in the air as he showed last week.

"I think he's a tremendous talent and the more games he gets, the more he will come into people's minds, and that will probably include the England coaching staff as well."

Smith has played down speculation that striker Jonathan Kodjia could yet leave the club this summer, with the foreign transfer market still open.

Asked if there had been any approaches, he said: "No, and we don't welcome any because Jonathan's happy here."