England star Tyrone Mings reveals his mental health ‘plummeted’ at Euro 2020

Tyrone Mings sought help from a psychologist during England’s Euro 2020 campaign (Getty)

Tyrone Mings admits his mental health ‘plummeted’ during England’s Euro 2020 campaign this summer and reveals he sought help from a psychologist to cope with the pressure.

The Aston Villa centre-back started England’s first two group games against Croatia and Scotland as Harry Maguire was not fit enough to start the tournament.

But ahead of Euro 2020, several pundits raised doubts over Mings’ ability to deputise in Maguire’s absence at the heart of England’s defence.

And Mings concedes that the external pressure had a negative impact on his mental wellbeing before England’s tournament began.

‘I did have a tough time in the lead-up to the opening game against Croatia,’ Mings said in an interview with The Sun.

‘I think I’m a lot more hardened to outside influences now, but my mental health did plummet.

Tyrone Mings admits he had a lot of self-doubt before England’s Euro 2020 campaign (Getty)

‘And I have no shame in admitting that because there was so many unknowns about me going to that game.

‘I was probably the only name on the teamsheet that people thought, ‘not sure about him’. And that was something I had to overcome.

‘When 90-95 per cent of your country are having doubts over you, it’s very difficult to stop this intruding on your own thoughts.

‘So I did a lot of work on that with my psychologist. I was given a lot of coping mechanisms – whether it was breathing, meditation, or just learning how to bring yourself into the present moment. To stop letting your subconscious take over.

‘It was hard. I didn’t really sleep very well before that first game.’

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