Tyrone Mings has revealed that he had to set himself new goals when it became clear his future did not lie in non-League football and mortgage advising.
Following a string of impressive performances back in the Premier League, the 26-year-old Aston Villa center back has been called up by manager Gareth Southgate for the European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo after a very different start to his career.
“I had other goals at the time when I was a mortgage advisor and playing non-league football,” Mings said.
“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 experienced a degree of adversity during his childhood when he lived in a homeless shelter with his sisters and mother as a child.
The center back, however, chooses to view those past experiences as a positive in a character-building sense.
“In moments of difficulty there’s always positives you can take from them,” said Mings.
“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.”
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