Tyrone Mings: England and Aston Villa defender saw psychologist deal with deteriorating mental health at Euro 2020

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Tyrone Mings: England and Aston Villa defender saw psychologist deal with deteriorating mental health at Euro 2020


Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has revealed he consulted a psychologist during England’s Euro 2020 campaign because his “sanity has collapsed”.

Mings, who replaced injured Harry Maguire in England’s first two group matches against Croatia and Scotland, felt overwhelmed by the pressure in preparation for the tournament.

The 28-year-old struggled with supporters and experts questioning his credentials as one of the few players in the England squad without tournament or Champions League experience.

“I struggled as we approached the opener against Croatia,” Mings said. The sun.

“I think I’m much more hardened to outside influences now, but my sanity has collapsed. And I have no shame in admitting it because there were so many unknowns about me going to this game.

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The Mings played a key role in England’s first two games keeping two clean sheets

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

“When 90% to 95% of your country has doubts about you, it is very difficult to prevent it from interfering with your own thoughts.

“So I worked a lot on this with my psychologist. I’ve been given a lot of coping mechanisms – be it breathing, meditation, or just learning to put myself in the present moment. Stop letting your subconscious take over.

” It was hard. I didn’t sleep very well before this first game. ”

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