Tyrone Mings has insisted the dispute between Jordan Pickford and John Stones during England’s 1-0 victory over Croatia ‘happens all the time’ in football.
The Aston Villa defender, speaking to talkSPORT ahead of England’s Euro 2020 clash with Scotland on Friday, said on-pitch arguments are a common occurrence as he moved to play down the row between the Three Lions stars.
England won their opening European Championship match for the first time in history as Raheem Sterling’s second half strike sealed a deserved Group D win over Croatia.
However, one particular incident during the game saw Everton’s goalkeeper and the Man City centre-back involved in an argument on the pitch at the end of the first period.
Southgate explained that Stones and Pickford were merely debating whether they should go long or short from a goal-kick – and Mings has also played down the incident.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s James Savundra, Aston Villa defender Mings said: “There would have been a lot of conversations on the pitch that you probably didn’t hear and disagreements that happen in the game and, at the same time, it’s two players that want to win who are trying to find solutions on the pitch to solve problems as to what is best for that moment.
“Credit to them as we found a positive balance.”
Mings also admitted he enjoyed playing alongside Stones at the back having been deployed in a back four with the City star for the first time.
“I think we played well together, yeah, but I don’t think we did anything that we haven’t done for our clubs all season,” he added. “I don’t think there was necessarily any surprises from John or myself.
“I think it was the first time we’ve played together in the back four but our whole back four was flooded with experience – other than myself – so that was helpful for me.
“I enjoyed it.”
The 28-year-old also believes ‘underrated’ Kieran Trippier’s experience has already proved hugely beneficial for England’s young side.
Some eyebrows were raised when it was revealed the ex-Tottenham ace was starting at left-back ahead of Champions League winner Ben Chilwell, and Manchester United ace Luke Shaw, but he had a fine game.
Speaking about the title-winning Atletico Madrid full-back, Mings said: “He’s really underrated. He’s not necessarily flamboyant but to play alongside and be around, he’s a really great guy and great defender.
“He’s got a lot of experience off the back of a really successful season as well so he’s helped me as well as everybody else. I love playing with him.”
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