TYRONE MINGS admitted he “might try to be Prime Minister” after hanging up his boots.
The 28-year-old Aston Villa and England ace is never afraid to withdraw from political and social debates.
And when asked what he wanted to do at the end of his football career, the defender refused to rule out a transfer to Downing Street.
Mings, although slightly ironic, said Goal: “I could try to be prime minister.”
More seriously, he explained: “I am quite open because retirement is not something that worries me.
“I don’t feel like I need to be in a coaching role because that’s all I know.”
Mings brilliantly explained the reason why the players kneel down.
And he slammed Priti Patel for “stoking the fire” after Three Lions players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka suffered racist abuse after missing their penalty kick in Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy.
Patel had spoken out against players kneeling before kick-off and accused England players who did of doing ‘gesture politics’, adding: “I just don’t support people participating in this type of gesture. “
Mings retweeted the Home Secretary’s tweet saying she was “disgusted [by the] racist insult [that] has no place in our country ”.
He said: “You can’t stoke the fire at the start of the tournament by calling our anti-racist message ‘gestural politics’ and then claiming to be disgusted when the thing we are campaigning against happens.”
Mings, captain at Aston Villa after Jack Grealish’s summer transfer, knows a lot of people want him to stay out of politics.
But he is determined to show that these issues affect him and therefore cannot be put aside just because he is famous for his football.
Former non-League player Mings continued in his interview with Goal: “A lot of people don’t want us to get too deep into politics.
“I understand that people want football to be an escape and to keep politics and sport away from each other, but it never will.
People think the bar is low for footballers, but there are a lot of smart players who speak well
“There were some tough conversations ahead of the tournament about not kneeling, attitudes towards players or lack of support. That stuff maybe gave us more motivation, but it did. certainly brought the English players closer together.
“Over the past two years we have had difficult conversations with people who had to decide their position. Whites are exposed to different forms of discrimination but not racism itself.
“These guys are able to see the hurt this is causing their teammates, and they want to stand up and put their heads above the parapet like a [white] ally. It’s really positive and it goes a long way in creating a team spirit and a bond between the teams. “
The 15-cap international, who is part of the current England camp, continued: “People think the bar is low for footballers, but there are a lot of smart, well-spoken players. You can’t judge acquaintances. only on the way you speak.
“Look at Marcus Rashford with what he does. He doesn’t always come across as the most eloquent, but when you ask him what he’s involved in, he is very knowledgeable about the subject. He doesn’t just put his name on it. that he knows what he is talking about.
“As footballers it’s just about being authentic and faithfully reflecting who that person is. I’m happy that football gives me a platform to do other things in the future.”