England football team is set to begin their campaign in Euro 2020 against Croatia on Sunday. The Aston Villa defender, Tyrone Mings said “being streetwise is a huge part of the game. You look at other nations and they are masters at the dark arts – staying on the floor for longer than needed, delaying restarts.” The defender feels that England needs to be streetwise at the European Championship to counter rival nations who are already the masters of the dark arts.
Mings had picked up his 10th cap in Sunday’s 1-0 warm-up victory over Romania and with fitness concerns over Harry Maguire, he could retain his place this weekend. After Mings being caught on camera hitting Austria forward Sasa Kalajdzic with his forearm in last week’s friendly, he suggested England needs to sometimes blur the lines when it comes to following the rules.
When Mings was asked if there is something about being streetwise, he replied “Football is very soft these days, you cannot get away with much. Like you say, if there has been VAR, I would have given away a penalty. But being streetwise is a huge part of the game. Being streetwise also sometimes help you get over the edge because it winds up the opposition and breaks up their flow and their rhythm.”