Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has expressed his delight at Tyrone Mings’ reaction after losing the captaincy.
Gerrard chose to take the armband away from Mings, and John McGinn was made skipper instead.
Mings was on the bench in the season’s opening game against Bournemouth but has since stepped up and impressed in Villa’s 1-0 win over Southampton on Friday night.
Gerrard revealed he wanted to ensure Mings could perform with greater consistency and that has proven to be the case.
Gerrard told Sky Sports: “I’m very happy. He showed a lot of character and a lot of courage. I put that noise on Tyrone, so that was my situation. The reason I did that is because when I got into this job I inherited the guys I did, there was a lot of noise around him and I felt like that was his accomplishments and his persistence impaired.
“The idea was to take that away from him so that he could focus more on him and not worry about other players on the team or other roles but just focus on you and consistently bring your qualities to bear. He’s got them, I still think he can do better, but Tyrone needs to focus on Tyrone.
Mings has been crowned 17 times by England but has not been called up by Gareth Southgate since March and is at risk of missing out on a place in the World Cup squad this winter.
However, if the 29-year-old can continue to impress for Villa, there is a chance he could regain his place in the Southgate squad.
Jacob Ramsey’s goal proved crucial as Villa edged Southampton to move up to 13th in the table with the win.
Mings has often been praised for his performances since first joining Villa on loan in January 2019.
There was speculation at the start of the season about Gerrard’s future as Villa boss but the win over Southampton is a step in the right direction.
While not a classic performance from Villa, the result ended a three-game winless streak.