Tyrone Mings hails ‘fantastic talent’ Jude Bellingham after his England call-up

Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings hailed former Birmingham midfielder Jude Bellingham as a “fantastic talent” following his maiden call-up to the England squad.

The 17-year-old had originally been included in the Under-21 squad but was promoted to Gareth Southgate’s senior camp after both Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse withdrew through injury.

Bellingham moved to Borussia Dortmund from Sky Bet Championship side Birmingham during the summer and has already made six appearances in the Bundesliga.

Bellingham only made his Birmingham debut last season, but the club chose to retire his number 22 shirt in honour of what he had achieved at St Andrew’s following his switch to Germany.

“I have had the opportunity to see him in training over the past couple of days, and what a fantastic talent he looks,” Mings said at an England press conference on Tuesday.

“I know he is from the blue side of Birmingham, but I have got no problem in admitting what a fantastic player he is and what a fantastic lad he seems.

“For someone who has achieved so much in such a short space of time, he seems to be very grounded and humble.

“It is a huge occasion for him, and fair play to him.”

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