Cruel injury has robbed Bournemouth star Mings of the chance to gatecrash England's Euro 2016 party

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The knee injury that will keep Bournemouth star Tyrone Mings out for the season has robbed him of the chance to gatecrash England's Euro 2016 party.

The Three Lions qualified for next summer's major tournament after a comprehensive 6-0 win over San Marino on Saturday.

While that was reason to celebrate for most Englishmen, one in particular will be sat mulling what might have been.

Defender Mings, one of the most likeable and characters in modern day football thanks to his charitable exploits and humble attitude, thought he had finally got his chance to shine on the big stage when Bournemouth signed him for £8 million this summer, as reported by the likes of the Mirror at the time.

But just six minutes into his debut for the Cherries against Leicester City he sustained a serious knee injury which will keep him out between nine and 12 months.

Mings has worked hard to build his reputation

The Southampton Academy graduate had spent the last three years forging an impressive reputation for himself in the Championship at Ipswich Town.

At 6ft 5in, the powerful 22-year-old is the perfect specimen for a modern day defender but he was proving he had lots of quality on the ball too.

His form had seen him linked with the likes of Arsenal, as reported by the likes of the Independent, with Arsene Wenger admitting his interest in the young star.

Overlooked for Young Lions duty

Somewhat bizarrely, though, Mings has been overlooked for England youth honours and has never received a call-up to the various age groups.

It is a fact that surprises many when they have seen the versatile former Chippenham Town man play.

But the injury has not only robbed Mings of the chance to finally shine in the Premier League for Eddie Howe's fairytale newcomers.

It will also put paid to any chance he has of gatecrashing Roy Hodgson's squad for the Euros and there is no doubt someone of his talents would have already been somewhere on the former Fulham and Liverpool boss' radar.

Hodgson's youthful outlook

Hodgson has very deliberately looked to youth recently and had Mings proved himself against some of the best attackers in Europe, would surely have been given a chance to show his worth to the national side in a friendly or two between now and then.

There is always at least one surprise in every major tournament squad but this time around it won't be Mings.

The down-to-earth youngster has time on his side, though, if he keeps the faith and could yet forge an international future for himself in the years ahead.

And like Bournemouth's own meteoric rise up the football pyramid, his story would be the stuff of fairytales given he considered quitting football altogether in 2012 before eventually being snapped up by the Tractor Boys.

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