When Tyrone Mings first arrived at Aston Villa in January, he joined a team that was struggling in the bottom half of the Championship table.
The 26-year-old made the loan switch from Bournemouth, with his career in the South Coast going backwards because of injury and a lack of game time.
But within the space of eight months, he hasn’t just turned the fortunes of Villa around by helping their earn promotion, but he has changed his own career around.
On Thursday, Gareth Southgate announced that Mings is one of a number of new faces added to England’s up and coming qualifiers against Kosovo and Bulgaria, as reported by The Guardian.
It is a first England call for Mings, who will be hoping to continue his recent rapid rise because many Villa supporters would agree that it has been deserved.
There will be players, such as Harry Maguire, John Stones and Michael Keane ahead of him in the centre-back pecking order, but he’s no doubt making progress.
Whilst Mings was called up by England for the first time, his club teammate, Jack Grealish has to wait for his because Southgate opted against selecting him.
There has been a lot of calls for Grealish to get called up by England but it seems as though he has to wait and produce the goods for a longer period before he can perhaps join Mings at St Geroge’s Park.