Gerrard says Mings must focus on football as McGinn handed Aston Villa captaincy

Steven Gerrard has stripped Tyrone Mings of the Aston Villa captaincy.

The Englishman has given the captain’s armband to Scotland midfielder John McGinn.

Gerrard said: “Naturally, I have had to have a discussion with Tyrone Mings and have explained my reasons for making this decision.

“More importantly, I believe that not having the responsibility of the captaincy will allow Tyrone to focus more on his own game which can only benefit him and the team.”

29-year-old Mings took to social media to respond to Gerrard’s decision, in which he said: “For me this isn’t about John or I, it’s about what’s right for Aston Villa.

“I have no issues with the manager’s decision; I’ve loved leading this team. Anyone who knows @jmcginn7 knows how infectious he is and it will be an honour to play underneath his captaincy.”