Tyrone Mings opens up on psychological well being struggles as a result of Euro 2020

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Tyrone Mings Euro 2020

Tyrone Mings was named by Gareth Southgate as one of the 26-man squad named by Gareth Southgate for Euro 2020 after a stellar campaign with Aston Villa.

In all fairness, few saw the defender likely as one of England’s key center-backs ahead of the tournament, with Harry Maguire and John Stones instead being expected to form the pairing ahead of Jordan Pickford.

However, Maguire was injured at the end of the 2020/21 season and although he was brought to the tournament anyway, the Manchester United man was not fit enough to start the first few games.

This resulted in Mings being given a starting place alongside Stones in England’s first two group games against Croatia and Scotland.

And, to his credit, the stopper had a cool, serene presence behind him and played a key role in helping the Three Lions conceded two goals.

Ming’s mental health problems

Maguire then took the reins as the Stones’ partner from 3approx Group game through to the final, but of course Mings’ efforts are still to be appreciated.

Now the Aston Villa star has opened up on himself about the mental health issues he faced before and during Euro 2020, stating:

“I had a difficult time leading up to the opening game against Croatia.

“I think I’m a lot more hardened against external influences now, but my mental health has dropped a lot. And I’m not ashamed to admit it because there were so many strangers that I went to this game.

“I was probably the only name on the team sheet that people thought ‘not sure about’. And that was something I had to overcome.

“So I worked on it a lot with my psychologist. I have been given many coping mechanisms – be it breathing, meditation, or just learning to get yourself into the present moment. So that you stop letting your subconscious take over.

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

Mings also opened a text message he received from Rio Ferdinand after the tournament, after the ex-defender had previously identified him as a weak point before England clash against Croatia:

‘Rio gave me DM’s after the tournament. He had said I was the weak link and that Croatia should go after me.

“He sent me a message saying, ‘Excellent response – it was your performance on the pitch.’ What a nice guy.

“It’s just great that we are now playing at a time when you can talk about mental health and your emotions.”

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This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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