CHERRIES defender Tyrone Mings says he would "potentially consider" representing Barbados.

Former Ipswich Town star Mings, currently sidelined by a back problem, is eligible to play for the Caribbean nation through his paternal grandparents.

The Bajan Tridents are ranked 160th in the world by governing body FIFA and the majority of the squad is home-based.

Mings told the Daily Echo: "I have quite a lot of family ties in Barbados, uncles and aunties who live there, so my family connection is quite strong.

"I would potentially consider playing for Barbados in the future. I haven't considered it until now because I don't think that question ever got asked (by the media) when I was at Ipswich.

"But it's a beautiful country."

Mings's father Adie, a former non-league striker and now a scout at Chelsea, was called up by Barbados during his playing career but turned it down.

Ex-Blackpool and Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce is arguably the most well known name to represent the minnows in the past decade.

Aylesbury-born Boyce was eligible through his parents and made his debut in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Dominica in March 2008.