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​Smith delighted with England debut for Aston Villa defender Mings

"I'm extremely proud to see one of my players to make his debut for England. It was an assured performance," Aston Villa boss Dean Smith on defender Tyrone Mings' debut for England against Bulgaria on Monday.

"It was like he was playing for Villa as he was organising players around him, he played his part in a good result."

On the racist abuse of England players in Sofia: "Tyrone has come back here and not said too much about it. I can only sing his praises but it's that personalty and character and having met him and brought him here, it doesn't surprise me how he handled the whole situation."

"He's intelligent and articulate."

"If a player thinks it is right to walk off, then they all walk off together. But Tyrone would have lost his debut and the scorers would have lost their goals. Tyrone made it knows to the official that he was getting abused."

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