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Aston Villa defender Mings embracing challenge to deny Maguire in England selection

Tyrone Mings is up for the battle to keep his starting spot in the England team.

The Aston Villa star started alongside John Stones at centre-back for the win over Croatia on Sunday.

It is believed Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire will return to the starting line-up once he returns from injury, and Mings is excited for the challenge.

Asked if it was a matter of time that Maguire would replace him, Mings said: "I don't think I am qualified enough to answer that because I don't pick the team.

"All I can do, and I know this is extremely boring, is train well and play well if called upon to try and throw my hat in the ring for a starting position ever when he is fit.

"I would hate to answer that question because I would hate to have the selection issues that the manager has."

He added: "It is a little bit bizarre bearing in mind how much credit in the bank Harry has got and what a fantastic defender he is.

"But at the same time there is absolutely competition for places and I think he's somebody that I look up to in terms of a centre-back, and somebody that is so consistent with a lot of pressure on his shoulders being captain of Man United and being one of the main players for England.

"He's a person I take a lot of inspiration from. So to be mentioned in the same breath of as him is a compliment in itself."

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