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ENGLAND DEFENDER, TYRONE MINGS REVEALS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES BEFORE EURO 2020

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

Tyrone Mings, an England defender, has said he was suffering from mental health issues at the outset of Euro 2020, after detractors questioned whether he deserved to be in the team.

While Harry Maguire recovered from an ankle injury, Mings started England’s opening two Euro group games against Croatia and Scotland.

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Aston Villa’s centre-back consulted with a psychologist to help him cope with the strain after hearing questions from fans and commentators about his ability to perform at the highest level.

Mings had a strong showing for England, keeping clean sheets in both of the games he began before being replaced by Maguire for the remainder of the tournament.

“I did have a tough time in the lead-up to the opening game against Croatia,” Mings told The Sun.

“I think I’m a lot more hardened to outside influences now, but my mental health did plummet. 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 team-sheet that people thought, ‘Not sure about him’. And that was something I had to overcome.

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