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Rio Ferdinand made to eat his words by Tyrone Mings

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand admitted Tyrone Mings is proving him wrong as he hailed the Aston Villa centre-back’s performances at Euro 2020 so far.

Ahead of the tournament, there were question marks over whether Mings would be selected for the squad.

Then, after making the cut, Mings didn’t convince in the pre-tournament friendlies against Austria and Romania.

It was therefore a surprise in some quarters when the 28-year-old started against Croatia, but he has justified Gareth Southgate’s faith with two commanding displays alongside John Stones in the heart of defence.

Ferdinand says he was one of Mings’ doubters, but has been impressed by the former Bournemouth man so far.

“I think he’s done really well in the games,” said Ferdinand on BBC Five Live today.

“Tyrone Mings has probably been one of the standout players over the first two games.

“I was one of the people who was quite sceptical of him going, let alone playing. But he’s done really well, you have to take your hat off to him.

“He’s played two games that have probably suited his way of playing. But you’ve still got to put the performance in and he’s done that.”

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With Harry Maguire available again after injury, the Manchester United defender could play against the Czech Republic on Tuesday, possibly at the expense of Mings.

Ferdinand added: “Harry Maguire, the decision to take him, the manager will be judged on that. If he plays, he’s got to perform and hit the ground running.”

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