Tyrone Mings warns England will be punished at Euro 2020 unless they tighten up defence

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Tyrone Mings has admitted England’s defence has not been good enough in the build-up to the Euros.

And Mings confessed he fears world class strikers will be more ruthless and punish mistakes during the tournament unless they tighten up at the back.

England did keep two clean sheets in their final two warm-up games which they won against Austria and Romania but even Gareth Southgate voiced concerns about the way they were defending as a team.

Aston Villa defender Mings could start against Croatia on Sunday with Harry Maguire missing through injury but comes into the Euros on the back of an inconsistent season.

Mings struggled at times in the friendlies and was lucky not to be sent off against Austria but believes they will iron out the faults before the biggest games of their lives.

Tyrone Mings has sent a warning
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“The opposition had more chances, especially in the second game, than we would have like to have given and absolutely if you give better teams those sort of chances, we would be punished,” said Mings.

“But perhaps we wouldn't have as many chances going forward to go and score more goals.

“Absolutely we're aware we have to be better, and limit the amount of chances we concede, because world-class players will definitely take them.

“But the defence might not have been as secure as ‘you’ would have liked, but we kept two clean sheets so we're over the moon with that, but of course we have players missing, and that brings its own challenges.

“Great for the players involved but they've got cup finals to focus on, and we were in camp watching the cup finals hoping success on all the English players involved, but other countries will perhaps have their own challenges as well.

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“Whether it's being in different countries or missing players as well, some have got injuries, some have got Covid, there are so many challenges at this stage of the year.

“But I think we have been fluid and dynamic enough to overcome them so far, it doesn't seem like we've had players missing, we've obviously had an extended group training, and training's been good.

“The intensity has been high, and now you get to four, five days before the tournament starts and everybody is quite rightly ready to go.”

Mings has become an England regular in the past couple of seasons but this will be his first taste of a major tournament, having broken through after the 2018 World Cup.

His rise to the top has been impressive from being a non-league defender, mortgage advisor and now an England international has perhaps made him appreciate it even more.

Mings added: “I absolutely love it. I've loved every experience coming away with England and now leading into a major tournament, I think it is slightly different because tournament football is obviously a lot different to qualifiers or friendlies.

“But I'm just really excited if I'm honest. I'm excited to play in the games, if I get the opportunity, I'm excited to see what goes on. Obviously, we're all England fans.

“We watched tournaments every time they come on so to see what goes on behind the scenes and to be a part of it now is generally just a dream come true. But at the same time I have to have my professional head on and realise that we're here to try and win the tournament as well.”

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