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England’s Euro 2020 squad will be offered therapy developed for soldiers with PTSD


ENGLAND’S Euro 2020 squad will be offered “mind therapy” treatment developed by scientists to help soldiers with PTSD to prepare for the finals.

The players will spend the next week at stunning Rockcliffe Hall in Co Durham as they play friendlies against Austria and Romania.

Gareth Southgate's squad will have access to amazing facilities and support

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Gareth Southgate’s squad will have access to amazing facilities and supportCredit: Getty

The FA has booked all 61 bedrooms at the five-star resort, which is nestled in 375 acres of quiet countryside.

The squad will be able to enjoy some rest and relaxation in the hotel’s 50,000sq ft spa facility, which is among the largest in the country

And stars including Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Phil Foden will also be able to use a “Mind Therapy Room” to get them into the right frame of mind ahead of the team’s first group stage game against Croatia on June 13.

The stars will lie on a vibrating dentist’s chair-style sound wave bed which was invented by American scientists to help war veterans suffering with PTSD.

Players will be invited to put headphones on and a face mask placed over their eyes before soft music is played to them, along with a series of beeps.

The 30-minute treatment is said to help move brainwaves from the alpha state, which is a state of relaxation, to the slower delta waves, which we experience when we are asleep.

A source said: “The players have had a long, hard season and have very little time off. So it’s only right that they get to spend some downtime in a beautiful hotel.

“The spa is huge and regarded as one of the best in the country and the golf course is top notch too.

“Some of the players could benefit from some mind therapy treatments to help clear their minds and relax them and help them sleep properly so their bodies can mend.”

Earlier this week England boss Gareth Southgate revealed that Wags and families will be banned from the team hotel for the duration of the tournament, which starts on June 11.

He said: “We’re not going to be able to let people in. There’s a clear edict from Uefa on what the bubbles need to look like to be as secure as we can make them.

“It’s never going to be 100 per cent fail safe but we’ve got to comply with as much as we can.

Stars including Marcus Rashford will be able to use a 'Mind Therapy Room' to get them into the right frame of mind ahead of the team’s first group game against Croatia

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Stars including Marcus Rashford will be able to use a ‘Mind Therapy Room’ to get them into the right frame of mind ahead of the team’s first group game against CroatiaCredit: PA
A source said: 'Some of the players could benefit from some mind therapy treatments to help clear their minds and relax them' - pictured Harry Kane

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A source said: ‘Some of the players could benefit from some mind therapy treatments to help clear their minds and relax them’ – pictured Harry KaneCredit: PA

“We’re hoping that we might at some point be able to let the players have a little bit of time at home.

“But that’s constantly being assessed. It’d be a preference for us if we can.”
England begin their Euro 2020 campaign underway against Croatia on June 13 at Wembley.

The Three Lions then face Scotland on June 18 before concluding their Group D fixtures with a match against Czech Republic on June 22.

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