Sunday afternoon saw Gareth Southgate’s England side get their 2020 European Championship campaign underway as we welcomed Croatia to Wembley.
Aston Villa fans naturally had an interest in the game, and the main question was, would Tyrone Mings or Jack Grealish see the pitch?
We even had Lovre Kalinic on Croatia’s bench.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) June 13, 2021
Somewhat predictably, Jack didn’t, but Mings put in an improved and very assured performance in the backline to more than silence some of his recent critics and doubters.
It was far from an entertaining encounter though, and a 1-0 victory courtesy of a Raheem Sterling second half effort was a poor result given how little Croatia actually threatened. But a win is a win and England pick up their first opening day victory in the competition and we now go into a much tougher clash with Scotland with three points and some good confidence under our belts.
After all the recent criticism, Mings definitely takes the praise after that performance.
Yeah he was brilliant
— Ben (@bhooper26) June 13, 2021
Silenced so many today
— ewan barmer (@ewan_barmer) June 13, 2021
Had a really good game.
— Christopher Cummings (@brummingham) June 13, 2021
Never doubt him
— Will (@will_avfc) June 13, 2021
— Villan's Opinions (@VillansOpinions) June 13, 2021
— Oliver Cole (@Cole_AV) June 13, 2021
Different class today 👏👏
— Garin (@GW_94) June 13, 2021
Well done @OfficialTM_3 brilliant performance clean sheet, 👍👍⚽️⚽️👍👍
— Paul Jinks (@jinksmyster1978) June 13, 2021
Mings was outstanding 🤩🙌🏻
— Ben Davis #FREEPAPEMATARSARR 🇸🇳 (@VillaVisionBen) June 13, 2021
Done very good today @OfficialTM_3 so cool and made vital blocks well played big man big win for the boys 🏴🏴🏴🍺
— Connor Elgey (@ConnorElgey4) June 13, 2021
Brilliant silencing the haters
— Morgan 🏴🏴🏴 (@msteadman29) June 13, 2021
Awesome Ty, well played
— Matt (@mattjames333) June 13, 2021
Stiffer tests to come but great to see him ram some comments down the throats of the clueless brigade
— Neil (@Westy1874) June 13, 2021
Absolutely brilliant today. Well done Tyrone, made us all proud #avfc
— JM (@JM1874B6) June 13, 2021
Silencing the haters 😍👏🏻
— 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗩𝗙𝗖 𝗙𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗳𝘂𝗹 🦁 (@AVFCFaithful_) June 13, 2021
Excellent all match. No different to 99% of his performances in a Villa shirt.
— Andrew Bloxham (@Andrew_Bloxham) June 13, 2021