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Tyrone Mings opens up on “plummeting” mental health during Euro 2020

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Tyrone Mings played in England’s opening two games.

England defender Tyrone Mings has revealed how his mental health “plummeted” during Euro 2020.

With Harry Maguire injured for the beginning of the tournament, Mings was called upon by Gareth Southgate to start the opening two games against Croatia and Scotland.

The Aston Villa defender has now revealed how he felt that most supporters didn’t want him to play and that this began to affect him in the build-up.

Tyrone Mings on how his mental health “plummeted.”

“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.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.”

The 28-year-old goes on to say how he spoke with a psychologist in order to help him cope with the pressure.

“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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Rio Ferdinand questioned selection of Tyrone Mings.

Mings helped England to clean sheets in both of the games that he played in before Maguire was brought back into the side for a Euro 2020 run that would eventually end in defeat to Italy in the final.

BBC pundit Rio Ferdinand was one of the voices who questioned Mings’ credentials ahead of the Croatia game, saying “I think it’s the weakest part of our team, and an area where most people are concerned. He has not played Champions League football, he has not played at this level.”

Mings has now revealed that former England defender Ferdinand contacted him after his impressive showings in the group stage.

“Rio DM’d me after the tournament,” he says. “He’d said I was the weak link, and that Croatia should be targeting me. He messaged me saying something like, ‘Top-class response — matched your performances on the pitch.’ What a lovely guy.”

Mings has been open about his internal struggles in the past and took part in a BBC documentary with Prince William last year on the importance of looking after your mental health.

He was won 13 caps for England since making his debut in 2019.

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