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‘I might try to be Prime Minister’ – England defender Mings opens up on the future, football and racism

‘I might try to be Prime Minister’ – England defender Mings opens up on the future, football and racism

The answer is very much tongue in cheek, but it says much about the confidence and well-rounded nature of the 28-year-old.

“I am fairly open because retirement isn’t something that worries me,” he adds. “I don’t feel like I have to be shoehorned into a coaching role because it is all I know.

“It excites me thinking about what could come up post-football, but I am definitely not there yet.”

“A lot of people don’t want us to go into politics too deeply,” Mings tells Goal. “I get that people want football to be escapism and keep politics and sport removed from each other, but it will never be the case.

“There were difficult conversations before the tournament about not taking the knee, attitudes towards the players or a lack of support. That stuff maybe gave us more drive but it certainly brought the England players together.

“In the last two years, we’ve had difficult conversations with people having to decide where they stand. The white guys are exposed to different forms of discrimination but not racism itself.

“These guys are able to see the hurt that it causes on their teammates, though, and they want to stand up and put their head above the parapet as a [white] ally. That’s a real positive and it goes a long way to create a team spirit and bond between teams.

The Aston Villa captain continues: “People think the bar is set low for footballers but there’s a lot of well-spoken, intelligent players. You can’t judge knowledge just on how you speak.Information Guide Nigeria

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“Look at Marcus Rashford with what he is doing. He doesn’t always come across as the most articulate but when you ask what he is involved in, then he is very knowledgeable on the subject. He isn’t just putting his name to it, he knows what he is talking about.

“As footballers, it is just about being authentic and getting that true reflection of who that person is. I am pleased football is giving me a platform to do other things in the future.”

Mings received his first call up to the senior England squad in August 2019. He made his senior debut in October 2019. In June 2021, Mings was selected for the England squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.JAMB Result

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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