Tyrone Mings brands criticism of Harry Maguire ‘ridiculous’ after social media detractors leapt on ‘out of context’ TV footage of him ending England stars’ impressive rondo in training
- Maguire was ridiculed after a clip from England’s training session went viral
- The Manchester United captain ended England’s impressive rondo record
- Fans took to social media to question his ability and place in the England side
- However, Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has jumped to Maguire’s defence
Tyrone Mings has jumped to Harry Maguire’s defence and said that the reaction to the viral clip from England’s training session earlier this week has been ‘ridiculous’.
In a video that was uploaded to England’s official YouTube channel, the Three Lions were seen taking part in a competitive game of rondo.
The likes of Jude Bellingham, Kyle Walker-Peters and James Ward-Prowse were playing the ball around Jack Grealish and Nike Pope with one touch passes.
Tyrone Mings (middle) has jumped to the defence on his England team-mate Harry Maguire
The squad were heard counting the successful number of passes out loud before Maguire decided to stop the ball when Pope approached him.
Henderson was not happy with the Manchester United captain and instantly exclaimed: ‘What you doing?’.
The video clip went viral on social media and fans decided to lay into Maguire – questioning his ability once again.
However, Mings – who was also part of the rondo on the day – has defended Maguire by saying he stopped the game to give Grealish and Pope a ‘break’.
Maguire was ridiculed on social media for a video that went rival of him training with England
Speaking to TalkSPORT about the incident involving Maguire, Mings said: ‘I think it’s ridiculous really.
‘We got to about 45 passes and he stopped the ball and I can only presume, there’s no other reason to stop the ball at that point, it was to give the people in the middle a breather.
‘Once you get to 20 passes you are in for another one, so the two that were in there anyway were going to be in for another two when it got to 42, 43.
‘He’s actually giving them a bit of a breather to say ‘that’s enough, let’s start again’.
‘So to take a negative spin on that just shows people don’t always know what is going on and don’t quite understand the full context of the video.
He ended England’s impressive one-touch tally during a game of rondo earlier this week
Mings (L) says he ‘can’t speak highly enough’ of Maguire (R) for the responsibility he carries
‘But for social media these days the truth is sometimes far less exciting than making something up or sending something viral.’
Mings continued to defend Maguire during a press conference ahead of England’s upcoming friendly against the Ivory Coast.
He said the reaction to the video was ‘extremely over the top’ and told reporters that he ‘couldn’t speak highly enough’ of Maguire for the responsibility he carries on his shoulders.
‘Listen, I know Harry as a player and I know him as a person, and I cant speak highly enough of him,’ Mings said.
‘I can’t speak highly enough if the responsibility he takes on his shoulders every single day to be Man United captain.
England beat Switzerland in their first international friendly of the month. They will now take on the Ivory Coast in their second and final international of the break
‘He would have been chosen as captain for a reason and the reason would be for all the qualities you see come out of him day-in day-out, not forgetting he’s a fantastic footballer as well and one who has been a superb servant in the England shirt.
‘I find the criticism of him extremely over the top.
‘But then I understand that journalists and writers who sometimes write stuff like that and jump on the bandwagon is what sells papers or what gets clicks.
‘So you guys – and I don’t mean to categorise everybody – but the people who write this stuff for sure have a job and feel like they’re doing to right thing because it’s topical and it’s cool to jump on the bandwagon, and it’s what you might thing people want to hear.
‘But really I find it all to be misplaced.’