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England fans were left shocked by Tyrone Mings' reckless bodycheck in the penalty area in the first half of the Three Lions friendly against Austria.
Sasa Kalajdzic was running into the box for a rare Austria attack when Aston Villa defender Mings appeared to block him with a stiff forearm. Ouch.
It was either nasty or clumsy - and probably should have resulted in a penalty for the visitors. But England fans were equally concerned as it highlighted England's central defensive woes.
Southgate: "It's a friendly lads, nothing stupid. Come back in one piece"- Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) June 2, 2021
With Manchester United captain Harry Maguire currently unfit, there's just three recognised centre-backs in Gareth Southgate's squad for the manager to choose from.
So one of them - Mings - doing something as crazy as clattering into Austrian strikers (risking a red card, penalty and injury) is probably not ideal. Especially with the start of the Euros just weeks away.
That's a pen at the euros with var. blokes a liability https://t.co/FLGbqlBkEK- Asa (@armchairasa) June 2, 2021
Mings heard there was no VAR and chose violence https://t.co/pFa3Go8Oui- Kai (@_Grimwood99) June 2, 2021
They picked this bozo over tomori or konsa https://t.co/8AQOQzMfLq- #38:star::star: (@sketchy00_) June 2, 2021
We can't have stuff like this going on with VAR in the actual tournament.- Ellis Platten - AwayDays (@ellis_platten) June 2, 2021
Really confused as to what on earth has gone on there and why he's done it.
I pray Tyrone Mings isn't required to play in the Euro's, the man will cause nationwide heart attacks.- Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) June 2, 2021
Wtf is Mings doing? :joy::joy::sob: pic.twitter.com/FWANYIkFmz- Matthew Sowerby (@MJSowerby) June 2, 2021
The first half ended 0-0 between the two sides. Arguably no thanks to Mings.
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