Tyrone Mings' journey from homelessness to England debut is quite incredible

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Let's look at the positives from last night.

England ran out comfortable 6-0 winners and Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings made his much-deserved debut for the national side.

It has been an incredible journey for the defender, who conquered insurmountable odds in his quest to don the famous Three Lions shirt.

As a young lad, Mings was forced to live in a homeless shelter with his mum and sisters before he was signed by the Southampton academy aged eight.

However, he was on the brink of quitting football entirely when he was released by Saints at the tender age of 15.

He was said to be too 'lightweight' to make it as a footballer and was sent on his way by the south coast side.

Trials at Cardiff City, Swindon Town, Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers followed, but they too ended in painful rejection.

Eventually, he found a home at Chippenham Town, earning just £45 per week and playing three divisions below the conference.

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He was forced to take up odd jobs working in a local pub and even delved into mortgage advising at a point.

Then one day, as luck would have it, Mings was recommended to Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, who, after watching Mings play an hour of a trial game, took a punt on the youngster.

He then caught the eye of a certain Eddie Howe at Bournemouth, who coughed up £8 million to secure his services.

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His career was nearly derailed once again after a devastating knee injury sent him spiralling and resulted in the development of mental health struggles.

Fortunately, Mings was able to overcome that injury and the rest is history.

He made his loan move to Aston Villa permanent this summer and has been mightily impressive.

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Having gone through so much hardship to get to where he is today, you can't help but admire him.

Good on you Tyrone, go and smash it, lad.

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